526. Eulabes ptilogenys.
The Ceylon Grackle.
Gracula ptilogenys, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 285 (1840); id. Cat. p. 108. Eulabes ptilogenys (Blyth), Hume, S. F. vii, p. 410; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 685, pi. 29, fig. 2; Hume, Cat. no. 693 bis; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 366. Mainatus ptilogenys (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 109.
Mal-Kawada, Selalaheniya, Cing.
Coloration. No naked skin on side of head; the whole plumage brilliant glossy black, the first six or seven primaries with a patch of white at their bases.
Iris (male) greyish white, dappled with brown, (female) white or yellowish white; bill orange-red, with the upper mandible black from gape to nostril, the lower black for half its Length; legs and feet gamboge-yellow ; claws blackish ; lappets rich yellow (Legge).
Length about 10; tail 2.8; wing 6; tarsus 1.35; bill from gape 1.4.
Habits, &c. Breeds in June, July, and August. The eggs, two in number, measure about 1.3 by .97.