489. Platylophus ardesiacus

489. Platylophus ardesiacus.

The Jay-Shrike.

Lophocitta ardesiaca, Cabanis, Mus. Hein. i, p. 219 (1850). Platylophus galericulatus, partim, Elliot, Ibis, 1878, p. 54. Platylophus ardesiacus (Cab.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 317; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 380; Hume, Cat. no. 608 ter ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 410.

Coloration. The whole head, crest, and neck very dark brown, almost black; a large white patch on each side of the neck, the two nearly meeting behind; a spot of whits on the upper eyelid and another on the lower behind the centre of the eye; upper plumage and the exposed parts of the closed wings and tail rufescent olive-brown; lower plumage varying from dark slaty brown to dark olive-brown.

The young have the lower plumage barred with black and white and the feathers of the upper plumage tipped and margined with rufous.

Legs, feet, claws and bill black; eyelid dark brownish black ; iris reddish brown, varying from rhubarb-brown to litharge-red (Hume & Davison).

Length about 11; tail 5 ; wing 5.5 ; tarsus 1.3 ; bill from gape 1.35.

Distribution. The extreme south of Tenasserim. This species extends down the Malay peninsula, but is replaced in Sumatra by P. coronatus, a rufous-brown species, and in Java by P. galericulatus, a black species.

Habits, &c. InHabits evergreen forest, restless, always on the move and strictly arboreal. Note, a sharp metallic rattle. Generally found in pairs.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
489. Platylophus ardesiacus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Jay Shrike
Platylophus galericulatus ardesiacus
Vol. 1

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