614. Oreicola jerdoni.
Rhodophila melanoleuca, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 128 (1863, nec Vieill.), App. p. 872; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 270. Oreicola jerdoni, Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 14; Blanf. Ibis, 1870, p. 466; Hume, Cat. no. 487 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 264 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 282 ; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) iv, p. 590; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 193. Pratincola jerdoni (Blyth), Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 616.
Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage, wings, tail, and sides of the head and neck deep black; the whole lower plumage white; under wing-coverts black slightly tipped with white.
Female. The whole upper plumage brown tinged with rufous, especially on the rump and upper tail-coverts ; tail brown, edged paler ; wings and coverts brown edged with rufous ; sides of the head mixed ashy and brown; chin and throat white ; remainder of the lower plumage pale fulvous.
Bill and legs black; iris dark brown (Jerdon).
Length about 6; tail 2.7; wing 2.7; tarsus .85; bill from gape .7.
I have not been able to examine a young bird of this species.
Distribution. Purneah in Behar; Eastern Bengal; Dibrugarh in Assam; Sylhet; Caehar; Manipur; the neighbourhood of Bhamo; Bassein district; Leppadan on the Rangoon and Prome Railway, where I lately observed this species in March in thick grass on the banks of the Leppadan river. It is not known whether this Bush-Chat is migratory or not.