Hemipus picatus, Sykes.
267. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 412 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 393.
THE LITTLE PIED SHRIKE.
Length, 5.5; expanse, 7.6 ; wing, 2.3 to 2.5; tail, 2.3 to 2.5 ; tarsus, 0.5 ; bill at front, 0.4; bill from gape, 0.7.
Bill black; irides hazel; legs plumbeous-brown.
Male, above black glossed, less so on the back and scapulars, with a white nuchal collar and white rump ; band on the -wings white; tail with the lateral feathers tipped with white, more broadly so on the outermost feathers ; beneath white, tinged with reddish-ashy, purer white on the throat, vent, and under tail-coverts.
The female differs in having the upper parts dull sooty brown-black.
Within our limits the Little Pied Shrike only occurs in various parts of the Deccan and South Mahratta country. I cannot do better than reproduce, in extenso, what Major Butler has written concerning its distribution. He says : :-
" Locally not uncommon along the Sahyadri Range. Mr. Fairbank obtained it at Nagar ; Mr. Laird in the jungles south-west of Belgaum ; Mr. Crawford at Savantwadi; and Mr. Vidal mentions it from the south of Ratnagiri; outside of the forests tracts it probably does not occur."