26. Garrulus bispecularis

26. Garrulus bispecularis.

The Himalayan Jay.

Garrulus bispecularis, Vigors, P. Z. S. 1830, p. 7; Gould, Cent. pl. 38 ; Royle, Himalaya, pl. - ; Horsf. M. Cat. ii, p. 570 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 307 ; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 55; Hume, & Henders. Lah. to Yark. p. 242 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 410; Brooks, S. F. iii, p. 253; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 100; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. ii,p. 21; Hume, Cat. no. 660 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 327; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 257; Oates in Hume's N. E. 2nd ed. i, p. 28. Garrulus ornatus, J. E. Gray in Hardw. Ill. Ind. Zool. i, pl. 23, fig. 2 (1832) ; Blyth, Cat. p. 94.
Lho-Karrio-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. A broad black moustachial band; lower part of rump, upper and under tail-coverts, vent and thighs white; with these exceptions the whole plumage of the head, neck, and body is a rich vinaceous fawn-colour ; tail black, with some interrupted ashy bars near the base of the central pair of feathers; lesser and median wing-coverts like the back; winglet, primary-coverts, the outer greater coverts and the outer webs of most of the secondaries, on their basal half, bright blue banded with black ; remainder of the greater coverts, and quills black, the primaries with some portion of the outer web grey; the innermost tertiary partially chestnut.

Bill dusky; margins of eyelids dull brick-red; iris reddish brown ; tarsi and toes pale pinkish fleshy ; claws livid (Scully).

Length about 12 ; tail 6 ; wing 6.5; tarsus 1.4; bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. Throughout the lower ranges of the Himalayas from Eastern Kashmir to Bhutan and also in the Khasi hills: apparently ranging up to 7000 feet.

Habits, &c. Breeds from March to June, constructing a cup-shaped nest of twigs and grass, lined with finer grass, in a fork of a tree and laying from four to six eggs. These are like those of the last species and measure 1.15 by .85.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
26. Garrulus bispecularis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Himalayan Jay
Garrulus glandarius bispecularis
Vol. 1

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