(726) Hemipus hirundinaceus.
The Malay Pied Shrike.
Muscicapa hirundinaceus Temm , Pl. Col, iii, p. 51 (1824) (Java). Hemipus obscurus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 473.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Adult male. "Whole upper plumage, wings and tail glossy black; the feathers of the rump with broad pure white edges, making a broad band across this part; below white, the breast and flanks vinous grey ; the outermost tail-feather is edged with white all round ; shoulder of wing, axillaries and under wing-coverts white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown ; bill and feet black.
Measurements. Total length about 150 mm.; wing 62 to 67 nun.; tail 50 to 53 mm.; tarsus 13 mm.; culmen 13 to 14 mm.
Female. Black of upper plumage replaced by dark brown, otherwise as in the male.
Distribution. The extreme South of the Malay Peninsula to Peninsular Burma and Siam. Once in the North Cachar Hills in Assam.
Nidification. A nest brought to me by a Naga in Laisang in 1888 was a typical Hemipus nest, a shallow cup of fine grasses bound together with cobwebs and placed in a small branch of a tree in evergreen forest about six feet from the ground. The eggs were not Hemipus eggs and I do not therefore describe them, though the male bird was brought in still hanging from the noose set on the nest and the female was caught immediately after, both specimens being now in the Museum in Sophia.
Habits apparently differing in no way from those of others of the genus.