301. Pycnonotus melanicterus.
The Black-capped Bulbul.
Muscicapa melanictera, Cm. S. N. i, p. 941 (1788). Aegithina atricapilla, Vieill. Nouv. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. i, p. 176 (1816). Pycnonotus atricapillus (Vieill.), Blyth, Cat. p. 211. Rubigula melanictera (Gm.), Wald. Ibis, 1866, p. 321; Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 304; Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 451; Legge, S. F. iii, p. 368; id. Birds Ceyl. p. 477; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 387; id. Cat. no. 455 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 168. Pycnonotus melanicterus (Gm.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 188.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, and sides of the neck black; upper plumage and wing-coverts olive-green; wings brown, the outer. webs olive-green; tail dark brown, the basal half washed with green, and all the feathers, except the middle pair, tipped with white ; whole lower plumage bright yellow, washed with olive on the sides of the breast and body; under wing-coverts and edge of wing yellow.
Iris dull red : bill black ; legs and feet blackish (Legge).
Length about 6.5 ; tail 2.8 ; wing 2.8 ; tarsus .6; bill from gape .8.
Distribution.: Ceylon, where this species is found up to 5000 feet.
Habits, &c. A nest found in April is described as a loose structure of grass and bents built on the top of a stump. The eggs are reddish white marked with reddish brown and bluish grey, and measure about .70 by .58.