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."

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: 
297. Iole nicobariensis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Nicobar Bulbul
Nicobar Bulbul
Ixos nicobariensis
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