503. Pericrocotus cinereus.
The Ashy Minivet.
Pericrocotus cinereus, Lafresn. Pev. Zool. viii, p. 94 (1845) ; Sharpe, S. F. iv, p. 211; Hume, S. F. v, p. 175; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 83; Oates, S. F. x, p. 200; id. B. B. i, p. 241. Pericrocotus modestus, Strickl. P. Z. S. 1846, p. 102. Pericrocotus motacilloides, Swinhoe, Ibis, 1860, p. 58.
Coloration. Male. The feathers at the base of the lower mandible, lores, a band through the eye, ear-coverts, and the posterior half of the crown and nape black; forehead, anterior part of crown, chin, throat, cheeks, sides of neck, and the whole lower plumage white, tinged with ashy on the breast and flanks ; upper plumage dark ashy; wing-coverts black edged with ashy; primary-coverts black; quills ashy brown, the earlier primaries with an inner white marginal band, the others and the secondaries with a white patch at base; the four middle tad-feathers blackish, the others blackish at base and white elsewhere, the white increasing in extent towards the outer feathers.
The female resembles the male, but has the white on the forehead much narrower and the black on the crown replaced by dark ashy of about the same shade as the back; the greater wing-coverts and tertiaries are narrowly tipped with white.
In females not quite adult the axillaries are pale yellow and the white on the wings is tinged with yellow.
The colour of the iris &c. does not appear to have been recorded.
Length about 8; tail 3.8; wing 3.8; tarsus .55; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. I procured this species at Kyeikpadein, near the town of Pegu, in February. It has not been recorded from any other part of the Empire.
It is found in China, and generally throughout Eastern Asia, the Malayan peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippine Islands. It appears to be a migratory species.