374. Hypocolius ampelinus

374. GREY HYPOCOLIUS.
HYPOCOLIUS AMPELINUS.
Hypocolius ampelinus, Bp. Consp. (Jen. Av. i. p. 336 (1850) ; Henglin, Ibis, 1868, p. 181, pl. v. ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. iii. p. 316 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 250 ; Ceblepyris isabellina, Hengl. Sitzungsber. K.K. Akad. Wien. xix. p. 284 (1856).
Male ad. Crown dull isabelline grey ; a narrow line at base of bill, lores, space round the eye, ear-coverts, and a broad band across the nape and hind-neck deep black ; upper parts, wing-coverts, and outer webs of secondaries pale blue-grey washed with isabelline ; quills deep black with a broad white terminal band, the secondaries marked with black on the inner web ; tail like the back but broadly terminated with deep black ; under parts greyish isabelline, rather greyer on the breast ; bill black ; legs yellowish ; iris brown. Culmen 0.6, wing 3.9, tail 4.5, tarsus 0.9 inch. Female rather smaller, more isabelline in tinge, lacking the black on the head, and has the primaries isabelline tinged with grey and tipped with black, the innermost with a narrow apical white margin.
Hab. Persia and the shores of the Persian Gulf ; wintering in N.E. Africa ; has occurred in Sind and Khelat.
Respecting its habits I find scarcely anything on record, except that it frequents desert or semi-desert localities and is usually seen amongst the palm-trees. It breeds in June and July, building a substantial cup-shaped nest, lined with fine grass, plant cotton, wool, and sometimes hair, which it usually places on the leaf of a date-palm at from 3 to 10 feet above the ground. The eggs, front 4 to 6 in number, are glossy leaden white, rarely with a greenish tinge, with lead-coloured blotches and spots, which arc sometimes spread over the entire egg, and sometimes form a ring round the larger end. In size they average about 0.85 by 0.63.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
374. Hypocolius ampelinus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
374
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
250
Common name: 
Grey Hypocolius
M_ID: 
20976
M_CN: 
Grey Hypocolius
M_SN: 
Hypocolius ampelinus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10308

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