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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
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
CatNo: 
284
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
272
Common name: 
White Cheeked Bulbul
M_ID: 
21957
M_CN: 
Himalayan Bulbul
M_SN: 
Pycnonotus leucogenys
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
395

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