519. Oriolus galbula.
The European Oriole,
Oriolus galbula, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 160 (1766); Hume, S. F. i, p. 182; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 191; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 387; id. Cat. no. 470 bis ; Murray, Vert. Zool. Sind, p. 136 ; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 194.
Coloration. Resembles O. kundoo. Differs in having the black on the head confined to the lores only and in having more black on the tail, the outermost feather being black on fully its basal half. O. galbula has also a longer wing.
Bill dull reddish ; iris blood-red ; legs lead-grey (Dresser).
Length about 10 ; tail 3.7 ; wing 6 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape 1.3.
Dresser states that the adult female differs considerably in plumage from the male, but there is nothing in the British-Museum series of this bird which lends support to this statement. The male and female appear to differ in exactly the same particulars as do the sexes of O. kundoo.
Distribution. A rare visitor to Sind in the autumn and winter. This Oriole is largely spread over Europe and Africa and portions of Western Asia.