310. Micropus melanocephalus.
The Black-headed Bulbul.
Lanius melanocephalus, Gm. S. N. i, p. 309 (1788). Brachypodius melanocephalus (Gm.), Blyth, Cat. p. 211; Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 248 ; Blyth, Birds Burnt, p. 136; Armstrong, S. F. iv, p. 324; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 318; Hume, Cat. no. 457 bis; Oates, S. F. x, p. 210. Micropus melanocephalus (Gm.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 65; Oates, B. B. i, p. 181.
Coloration. The whole head as far back as the nape and the lower edge of the throat glossy black; with this exception the whole plumage is olive-yellow, brighter and more yellow on the lower part of the abdomen, the tail-coverts (both upper and lower), and the tips of the rump-feathers, which latter are also barred with black; these bars are only visible when the feathers are disarranged, merely a few black patches being evident at other times; primaries and their coverts entirely black; secondaries black, edged externally with olive-yellow; tertiaries black on their inner and olive-green on their outer webs ; tail olive-green for about two thirds of its Length, then broadly black and finally broadly tipped with bright yellow.
Bill black ; mouth pale blue ; iris blue; legs plumbeous.
Length about 7; tail 3.3; wing 3.3; tarsus .5; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. Dacca; Tipperah ; Arrakan ; the southern portion of Pegu; Karennee; the whole of Tenasserim except the highest hills.
This bird extends down the Malay peninsula to Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and Palawan.