310. Micropus melanocephalus

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.

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: 
310. Micropus melanocephalus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Black Headed Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul
Pycnonotus atriceps
Vol. 1

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