270. Hypsipetes concolor.
The Burmese Black Bulbul.
Hypsipetes concolor, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 816 (1849) ; id. Cat. p. 207 ; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 132 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 295; Hume, Cat. no. 446 bis; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 181; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 38; Oates, B. B. i, p. 174; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 595. Hypsipetes yunnanensis, Anders. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 213 ; id. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 056, pl. 50. Hypsipetes subniger, Hume, S. F. v, p. 109 (1877).
Coloration. Resembles H. psaroides. The chin, lores, crown, hind neck, back, and lesser wing-coverts deep black, the edges of the feathers with a metallic gloss; rump and upper tail-coverts dark ashy; quills, tail, and the larger wing-coverts dark brown or blackish, margined with grey along the greater part of the outer edges; whole lower plumage dark grey; ear-coverts and cheeks paler ; a patch of black under the ear-coverts ; under tail-coverts dark grey, sometimes distinctly margined with white.
Legs, feet, and bill bright to deep coral-red; iris dull crimson-lake (Hume & Davison).
Length about 10.5; tail 4.8; wing 5; tarsus .7; bill from gape 1.25.
Distribution. The hills east of Bhamo; Toungngoo, and the Karen bills east of that town; the whole of Tenasserim down to about the latitude of Muleyit mountain. This Bulbul appears to be found up to about 4000 feet.
Habits, &c. According to Davison this bird is found in the hill-clearings or camping-grounds, flying about from tree to tree in small flocks.
There are some closely allied species in China. H. perniger is deep black throughout; H. nigerrimus is also deep black, but the edges of the wing-feathers are grey; H. leucocephalus has the forehead and abdomen white; and H. amaurotis has the ear-coverts chestnut.