540. Sturnia andamanensis.
The Andaman Myna.
Temenuchus andamanensis, Tytler, Beavan, Ibis, 1867, p. 329; Ball, S. F. i, p. 75; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 248. Sturnia andamanensis (Tytler), Walden, Ibis, 1873, p. 313, pl. xii, fig. 2; Hume, Cat. no. 689 ter. Poliopsar andamanensis, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 47.
Coloration. Head, neck all round, and entire lower plumage white, the flanks,-vent, and under tail-coverts tinged with buff; back and scapulars pale grey ; rump and upper tail-coverts paler grey, faintly tinged with fulvous ; wings and tail glossy black, the latter tipped with white, the four middle feathers narrowly, the others more broadly; under wing-coverts and axillaries white.
Legs and feet usually pale yellow, rather a lemon-yellow, but sometimes tinged fleshy; claws horny; bill greenish yellow, the upper mandible from the posterior margin of the nostrils to the gape, and the lower mandible from the gape nearly to the angle of the gonys, smalt-blue; iris from opalescent white to very pale blue (Hume).
Length about 9; tail 3.3: wing 4; tarsus 1; bill from gape 1.15.
Distribution. The Andamans and Nicobars.