284. Molpastes leucogenys

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.

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: 
284. Molpastes leucogenys
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
White Cheeked Bulbul
Himalayan Bulbul
Pycnonotus leucogenys
Vol. 1

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