281. Molpastes atricapillus.
The Chinese Red-vented Bulbul.
Muscicapa atricapilla, Vieill. Nouv. Diet. dVIlist. Nat. xxi, p. 489 (1818). Haematornis chrysorrhoides, Lafr. Rev. Zool. 1845, p. 367. Molpastes chrysorrhoides (Lafr.), Hume, S. F. ii, p. 477. Pycnonotus atricapillus ( Vieill.), Wald. in Blyth's Birds Burm. p. 136; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 127; Oates, B. B. i, p. 190; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 598. Molpastes atricapillus (Vieill.), Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 322; Hume Cat. no. 462 ter; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 173.
Coloration. Resembles M. haemorrhous, and has the black of the head as sharply defined posteriorly. Differs in having the ear coverts hoary white, with the lores, cheeks, and only the point of the chin black; the remaining lower plumage ashy brown, whiter
on the abdomen; and the hind neck and back a paler brown with broader edges.
Bill, legs, feet, and claws black; iris brown to dark brown (Hume & Davison); iris light brown ( Wardlaw Ramsay).
Length about 8.5; tail 3.7 ; wing 3.6 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. Karennee and Tenasserim down to about the 13th degree of latitude. This species is not found west of the Sittoung river. It inhabits the hilly and well-wooded parts of the country up to 2000 feet of elevation, and it extends into China, where it is abundant.
Habits, &c. A nest of this bird with three eggs was found in Tenasserim by Darling on the 16th March.