516. Oriolus macrurus.
The Nicobar Black-naped Oriole.
Oriolus macrourus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, pp. 46, 370 (1840); id. Cat. p. 216; Horsf. &c M. Cat. i, p. 270; Ball, S. F. i, p. 71; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 228, iii, p. 132; id. Cat. no. 471 quat.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 202.
Coloration. Male. Lores and a band through the eye and across the nape, where it becomes about three quarters of an inch broad, black; forehead, crown, the whole upper plumage, lesser and median coverts, and outer webs of the greater wing-coverts deep golden yellow ; remainder of the wing black; the primary-coverts tipped yellow; some of the primaries very narrowly margined with yellowish white about the middle of the outer web; the secondaries obsoletely tipped with yellowish white; edge of the wing and the whole lower plumage deep yellow; the two middle tail-feathers black tipped with yellow, the others progressively more tipped with yellow, the extent of yellow on the outermost feather being about two inches.
Female. Differs from the male in having the yellow parts less bright, and the back and wing-coverts tinged with green ; black of wing less intense, the primaries more broadly margined with yellowish, and the outer webs of the secondaries and tertiaries tinged with green.
Legs and feet plumbeous ; claws dark horny; bill carneous; iris carmine in the adult, dull red-brown in the young (Hume).
Length about 11; tail 4.7; wing 6: tarsus 1; bill from gape 1.6.
Distribution. The Nicobar Islands, throughout the group.