(965) Eulabes javana andamanensis.
The Andaman Grackle.
Eulabes andamanensis Tytler, Beavan, Ibis, 1867, p. 331 (Andamans). Eulabes intermedia. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 511 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to E. j. intermedia, but with a larger patch of white on the wings and with a longer, less slender bill. Two specimens in the British Museum from the South Andamans have very strong, coarse bills and are much nearer to E. j. javana. The eye- and cheek-patches are generally joined together, sometimes very broadly so but in a few they are divided.
Colours of soft parts as in E.j. intermedia.
Measurements. Wing 165 to 175 mm.; tail 83 to 88 mm.; tarsus about 35 mm.; culmen 26 to 27 mm., in depth between 12 and 15 mm., generally about 13 to 14 mm.
Distribution. Andamans and Nicobars, possibly excluding the South Andamans.
Nidification. Davison found this Grackle breeding in April and May, making the usual rough nests in holes in trees. He did not take any eggs.
Habits. Those of the genus.