284. Molpastes leucogenys.
The White-cheeked Bulbul.
Brachypus leucogenys, Cray, in Hardw. Ill. Ind. Zool. ii, pl. 35, fig. 3 (1830). Pycnonotus leucogenys (Gr.), Blyth, Cat. p. 209; Horsf. & M, Cat. i, p. 242. Otocompsa leucogenys (Gr. & Hardw.), Jerd. B.I. ii, p. 90; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 39 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 285; Cock & Marsh. S. F. i, p. 355; Brooks, S. F. iii, p. 238; Hume, Cat. no. 458 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 296; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 160 ; C. H. T. Marshall, Ibis, 1884, p. 415. Molpastes leucogenys (Gray), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 175.
The White-cheeked Crested Bulbul, Jerd. ; Manglio-kur or Mancliph-kur, Lepch.; Kandyhara, Beng.; Painju, Chamba.
Coloration. Forehead and crest hair-brown, each feather narrowly edged with greyish white; lores black, with a white line above them; cheeks, round the eye, chin, and throat black ; ear-coverts white, with a black patch behind them, and another patch striped white and brown below them ; upper plumage olive-brown, the hinder part and sides of the neck barred with blackish, and the centres of the feathers brown; wings brown, edged with olive-brown ; tail brown on the basal half, black on the terminal half, and all the feathers except the two middle ones tipped with white; lower plumage pale earthy brown, whitish on the abdomen ; lower tail-coverts bright sulphur-yellow ; edge of wing white.
Bill black; legs plumbeous; iris brown (Jerdon) ; legs and toes brownish black (Scully).
Length nearly 8; tail 3.5; wing 3.5; tarsus .8; bill from gape .85.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Murree to Bhutan, from the plains up to 7000 feet. This species extends into Afghanistan.
Habits, &c. Breeds between 3000 and 7000 feet from April to July, constructing a very loose and slender nest of stems of plants and grass in a bush or branch a few feet above the ground. The eggs are pinkish or reddish white marked with various shades of red, and measure .88 by .65.