297. Iole nicobariensis

297. Iole nicobariensis.

The Nicobar Bulbul.

Ixocincla virescens, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 575 (1845). Hypsipetes virescens, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, pp. 51, 370; id. Cat. p. 207. Hypsipetes nicobariensis, Moore in Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 257 (1854) ; Ball, S. F. i, p. 70; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 223; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 298; Hume, Cat. no. 447 quat. Hypsipetes virescens (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 43.

Coloration. Head and nape dark brown ; sides of the head grey ; upper plumage olive-green ; wings and tail hair-brown, margined or suffused externally with olive-green; chin, throat, and upper breast white, faintly streaked with pale brown, grey, or pale yellow; remaining lower parts and under wing-coverts pale primrose-yellow slightly mottled with white, the under tail-coverts with brownish centres.

Legs and feet dark horny, greenish brown, or greenish plumbeous ; bill deep horny brown; lower mandible and edge of upper dull yellow; iris brown (Hume).

Length about 9; tail 3.8; wing 4; tarsus .75; bill from gape 1.1.

Distribution. The Nicobar islands of Teressa, Bompoka, Tillang-chong, Camorta, Nancowry, Trinkut, Katchall, and Pilu Milu.

Habits, &c. Davison remarks: - "Occurs only at the Nicobars, where it is comparatively common; it keeps to the forest generally, but is also found in gardens, in the secondary jungle, and not infrequently in places where there are only a few scattered bushes; it usually is seen singly, in pairs, or in small parties of five or six; but I have on several occasions seen them in flocks of nearly a hundred. They have a chattering note, very similar to the other Hypsipetes, and when they are in flocks they make nearly as much noise as a flock of Mynahs settling for the night. They breed at the Nicobars ; I shot very young birds in February ; but did not succeed in finding any nests."

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
297. Iole nicobariensis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
297
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
285
Common name: 
Nicobar Bulbul
M_ID: 
22258
M_CN: 
Nicobar Bulbul
M_SN: 
Ixos nicobariensis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
414

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