285. Molpastes leucotis

285. Molpastes leucotis.

The White-eared Bulbul.

Ixos leucotis, Gould, P. Z. S. 1830, p. 6. Pycnonotus leucotis (Gld.), Blyth, Cat. p. 209; Horsf. &; M. Cat. i, p. 242; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 136. Otocompsa leucotis (Gld.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 91; Hume, S. F. i, p. 181; id. N. & E. p. 286; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 237; Adam, S. F. i, p. 378; Butler, S. F. iii, p. 473; Hume, Cat. no. 459 ; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 187. Molpastes leucotis (Gould), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nded. i, p. 177.
The White-eared Crested Bulbul, Jerd.; Kangdhara, Beng.; Kushandra or Kushanbra of the Punjab; Bhooroo, Sind.

Coloration. Ear-coverts and hinder part of cheeks white; with this exception, the whole head and lower throat black, the black on the latter expanding laterally, and joining the crown by a narrow band at the end of the ear-coverts; hind neck rich brown, narrowly banded with blackish; whole upper plumage and wings earthy brown, the back with paler margins, the wings margined with pale ashy; tail brown at base, becoming black beyond the tail-coverts and tipped with white; lower plumage whity brown; under tail-coverts rich saffron-yellow.

Legs, feet, and bill black ; iris brown (Hume).

Length 7.5 ; tail 3.4 ; wing 3.5 ; tarsus .75 ; bill from gape .75.

Distribution. Sind ; Cutch; Guzerat; Rajputana; the Punjab; the N. W-. Provinces down to Etawah ; Central India as far east as Jhansi, Saugor, and Hoshangabad. This bird extends westward into Persia.

Habits, &c. Breeds from May to August, constructing a neat cup of vegetable fibres in bushes, and laying three or four eggs, which are similar to those of M. leucogenys, and measure .83 by .64.

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: 
285. Molpastes leucotis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
White Eared Bulbul
White-eared Bulbul
Pycnonotus leucotis
Vol. 1

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