Sturnia malabarica, Gm.
688. :- Temenuchus malabaricus, Gm. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 330; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 494; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 414.
THE GREY-HEADED MYNA.
Length, 7.5 ; wing, 4 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 1; bill at front, 0.6.
Bill greenish-yellow at tip, bluish at base ; irides greyish-white ; legs dull yellow.
Upper parts grey ; the forehead and throat whitish, the feathers being centred white, and the former occasionally pure white ; entire under parts, from the foreneck, ferruginous-buff (some of the feathers of the breast also centred with whitish), deep-colored in old males, faint in young and in females; quills black, the inner web deep-brown, the primaries slightly glossed and faintly tipped with grey, the rest dusky, successively more broadly tipped with deep ferruginous. The colors fade much by abrasion, and become more nearly uniform.
The young birds are nearly all grey, lighter beneath and with rufous tips to the outer tail-feathers.
The Grey-headed Myna occurs during the cold weather in the Deccan. It has also been recorded from Mount Aboo.