Genus MICROSCELIS

The name Hypsipetes by which this genus of Bulbuls has hitherto been known is unfortunately preoccupied by Yypsipetes (Stephens, Syst. Brit. Ins., ii, p. 138, 1829) and the next name applicable is Microscelis of Gray (List Gen. Birds, 1840, p. 28), created for M. amaurotis, a Japanese Black Bulbul which cannot, I think, be separated generically from our Indian and Burmese forms. Haringtonia of Mathews and Iredale seems to me to be unnecessary.
The genus contains a group of Bulbuls characterized by grey and blackish plumage, red bills and long, forked tails. The bill is slender and about as long as the head, which is furnished with a long crest of pointed feathers. The rictal bristles are very short, not exceeding a third of the length of the culmen. The wing is pointed, the secondaries falling short of: the tip by a considerable distance. The tail is distinctly forked and the outer feathers curved outwards. The tarsus is smooth and very short (see fig. 70, p. 360), being between a sixth and a seventh of the length of the wing. There is only one species found within our limits but that is represented by numerous geographical races. The genus extends from India to Japan.
Microscelis psaroides.
Key to Subspecies.
A. Crown of head black, contrasting with paler
grey of back and clearly defined from it.
a. A black streak behind and under the ear-
coverts, [p. 369.
a1. Paler grey both above and below.... M. psaroides psaroides,
b1. Darker bluish grey above and below . M. p. nigrescens, p. 371.
b. No black streak behind or under the ear-
coverts M. p. ganeesa, p. 372.
B. Crown of head black, gradually merging
into the blackish grey of back and upper parts M. p. concolor, p. 372.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
Genus MICROSCELIS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
368
M_ID: 
22298
M_SN: 
Hypsipetes
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
2849

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