541. Sturnia erythropygia.
The Nicobar Myna.
Sturnia erythropygia, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, pp. 34, 369 (1846); id. Cat. p. 110; Hume, Cat. no. 689 quat. Temenuchus (Sturnia) erythropygia (Blyth), Bali, S. F. i, p. 76. Temenuchus erythropygius (Blyth), Hume, S. F. ii, p. 247. Poliopsar erythropygius (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 48.
Coloration. Resembles S. andamanensis and only differs in having the rump, upper tail-coverts, vent, under tail-coverts, and the tips of the tail-feathers deep chestnut.
Legs and feet pale fleshy yellow; bill gamboge-yellow, smalt-blue at base ; iris opalescent-white (Hume).
Length 9.25; tail 3.25; wing 4.4 ; tarsus 1; bill from gape 1.2.
Distribution. Car Nicobar Island, where one specimen, now in the British Museum, was shot by Mr. V. Ball in March. No other specimen of this bird appears to have been procured by any naturalist since Blyth's type was described.