423. Iole nicobariensis

(423) Iole nicobariensis.

THE NICOBAR BULBUL.

Hypsipetes nicobariensis Horsf. & Moore, Cat., i, p. 257 (1854) (Nicobars). Iole nicobariensis. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 285.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

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

Colours of soft parts. 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).

Measurements. Length about 200 mm.; wing 96 to 103 mm.; tail about 95 mm.; tarsus about 18 to 19 mm.; culmen about 20 mm.

Distribution. The Nicobar Islands of Teressa, Bompoka, Tillan-chong, Camorta, Nancoury, Trinkat, Katchall and Pilu Milu.

Nidification. Unknown but as Davison shot very young birds in February, they presumably lay about November to December.

Habits. 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 is usually seen singly, in pairs, or in small parties of five or six; but I have seen them on several occasions 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 Mynas settling down for the night.''

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: 
423. Iole nicobariensis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
423
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
408
Common name: 
Nicobar Bulbul
M_ID: 
22258
M_CN: 
Nicobar Bulbul
M_SN: 
Ixos nicobariensis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
2897

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