(757) Lalage nigra nigra.
The Pied Cuckoo-Shrike.
Turdus niger Forster, Ind. Zool., p. 41 (1781) (India, now restricted to Nicobars). Campophaga terat Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 495.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Adult male. Base of the forehead and supercilium white; lores, a line through the eye, crown, neck, back, scapulars and lesser wing-coverts glossy black; rump and upper tail-coverts grey; median and greater coverts black, broadly edged with white; primary-coverts black narrowly edged with white; quills black, the primaries and outer secondaries with a broad patch of white at the base of the inner coverts, the latter also edged white; tail black, the central narrowly, the others more broadly tipped with white; under plumage white suffused with grey on the breast and flanks.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown to lake-red; bill, legs and feet black, the scales of the tarsi edged with slate.
Measurements. Total length about 175 mm.; wing 86 to 89 mm.; tail 57 to 64 mm.; tarsus about 20 mm.; culmen about 14 mm.
Female. "Upper plumage grey; in the wings and tail the black is replaced by brown; the white on the wing is less developed and bold; the breast and flanks are faintly barred with dusky.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the male.
Young male like the female but browner above.
Nestling. Upper plumage barred with fulvous and black and much browner than in the female; below the breast and flanks are marked with narrow black shaft-lines.
Distribution. Nicobars only in India, Malay Peninsula and S.W. Siam, Borneo, Sumatra.
Nidification. A nest and eggs sent me by Mr. W. A. T. Kellow was found on 17th May and the nest is described by him as " a slight structure made of fine sticks fastened to a small branch with cobwebs, and covered with lichens externally. Taken in very dense forest in the foot-hills." The eggs two in number are like those of the Black-headed Cuckoo-Shrike, but rather brown. They measure 21.8 X 16.0 and 22.1 x 15.0 mm.
Habits. Those of the genus. Apparently restricted to forest-land and not found in the open or round about villages and cultivation.