Eulabes religiosa, Lin.
692. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 337 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 414.
THE SOUTHERN HILL MYNA.
Length, 10 ; expanse, 18.5 ; wing, 5.6 ; tail, 2.8 ; tarsus, 1.2 ; bill at front, 1.
Bill orange; wattles deep-yellow; irides dark-brown; legs deep-yellow.
General plumage glossy purplish-black, with green reflections on the lower back and upper tail-coverts; beneath less brightly glossed; wings and tail coal-black without reflections ; a white spot on the seven primaries, forming a conspicuous wing-spot.
The wattles on the head commenced below each eye are crossed at the lower posterior angle of the eye, by a triangular patch of minute feathers, passed beyond the ear, where they form a rather large loose flap, or lappet, and then return in a narrow stripe to the top of the head. There is also a small nude patch below the eye.
Is only found in the Deccan (on the Ghats), and is somewhat rare.