206. Lioptila melanoleuca

206. Lioptila melanoleuca.

Tickell's Sibia.

Sibia melanoleuca (Tick.), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 413 (1859) ; Wald. Ibis, 1876, p. 355; Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 108; Davison, S. F. v, p. 458; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 293. Sibia picata, Tickell, J. A. S. B. xxviii, p. 451 (1859). Malacias melanoleucus (Tick.), Hume, Cat. no. 429 quat.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 405; Oates, B. B. i, p. 43 ; Salvad. Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 604. Lioptila melanoleuca (Tick.), Oates in Hume's N. &; F. 2nd ed. i, p. 135.

Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, and the sides of the head except the ear-coverts deep black; ear-coverts very dark brown ; back, scapulars, lesser and median wing-coverts, rump, and upper tail-coverts chocolate-brown, tinged with ashy on the latter two parts ; wings and greater coverts black ; tail dark brown, the outer webs edged with black, and all the feathers tipped with white; entire lower plumage white.

Legs and feet varying from a very dark reddish brown to a dark purplish brown or brownish black; bill black; iris lake (Hume & Davison).

Length about 9; tail 4.1 ; wing 3.5; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape .95.

Distribution. The higher portions of Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim.

Habits, &c. The note of this bird .is a single, long drawn, clear-sounding whistle. Davison found the nest in February - a cup of grass, roots, and fibres placed in a high tree. It contained two blue eggs, which measured about .97 by .67.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
206. Lioptila melanoleuca
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Tickells Sibia
Dark-backed Sibia
Heterophasia melanoleuca
Vol. 1

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