Eulabes Cuvier, Regne Anim.. i, p. 377 (1829). Type, Eulabes intermedius (A. Hay).
The genus Eulabes contains the Grackles or Talking Mynas, resident birds found over a great portion of the better-wooded parts of the Indian Empire.
In Eulabes nearly the whole plumage is a glossy black, but the most distinctive feature is the presence of fleshy wattles on the nape usually accompanied, by bare skin on the sides of the head. The bill is thick, high and curved, shorter than the head; the rictal bristles are present but weak ; the feathers of the crown are very short and curved inwards, with indications of parting down the middle of the crown; the wing is rather blunt with a small first primary; the tail is short and nearly square; the feet are exceptionally strong.
Key to Species.
A. Some bare skin on sides of head
a. Two elongate bare patches of skin on the nape……….E. religiosa, p. 17.
b. No bare patches of skin on nape……….E. javana, p. 18.
B. No bare skin on sides of head…………E. ptilogenys, p. 21.