23. Platysmurus leucopterus

23. Platysmurus leucopterus.

The White-winged Jay.

Glaucopis leucopterus, Temm. Pl. Col. no. 265 (1824). Temnurus leucopterus (Temm.), Myth, Cat. p. 92; Wald. in Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 88. Platysmurus leucopterus (Temm.), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 564; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 90; Tweedd. Ibis,1877, p. 318 ; Hume Dav. S. F. vi, p. 387; Hume, Cat. no. 678 quint.; Oates, B. B. i, p. 409; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 26.

Coloration. The whole plumage black; the terminal halves of the larger upper wing-coverts and a large patch on the exterior webs of some of the secondaries white; the forehead crested and the feathers stiff.

In some specimens the smaller wing-coverts are narrowly margined with white, and this probably indicates immaturity.

Bill, legs, feet and claws black; irides lake-red to crimson {Davison).

Length 16 ; tail 8; wing 7.5 ; tarsus 1.55 ; bill from gape 1.7.

Distribution. Throughout Southern Tenasserim from a little above Tavoy down to Malawun, also down the Malay peninsula to Singapore and Sumatra.

Habits, &c. Davison found the nest on the 8th April with two young birds. It was constructed most coarsely of twigs &c, and was placed on the frond of a large reed which rested against a bush.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
23. Platysmurus leucopterus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
23
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
37
Common name: 
White Winged Jay
M_ID: 
20187
M_CN: 
Black Magpie
M_SN: 
Platysmurus leucopterus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
35

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