545. Sturnornis senex.
The White-headed Myna.
Heterornis senex, Temm., Bonap. Consp. Av. i, p. 419 (1850). Hetaerornis albofrontata, Layard, A. M. N. H. (2) xiii, p. 217 (1854). Sturnia senex (Temm.), Hume, S. F. vii, p. 409; id. Cat. no. 689 quint. Sturnornis senex (Bonap.), Legge, Birds Ceyl, p. 680, pl. 28; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 55.
Coloration. The whole head, chin, and upper throat white; the whole upper plumage and sides of neck dull black, the feathers of the nape and neck with white shafts ; wings and tail glossy black; the whole lower plumage from the throat downwards lavender-grey, the shafts of all the feathers white ; under wing-coverts black.
Birds not quite adult have the crown black. The nestling, according to Legge, has the head and hind neck of a dull brown colour with a whitish supercilium and the white shafts on the lower plumage absent.
Iris dull whitish, with a narrow brown inner circle; orbital skin and eyelid dull bluish ; gape and base of bill plumbeous blue, the apical half pale bluish brown ; legs and feet bluish plumbeous; claws bluish (Legge).
Length about 8.5; tail 3.2; wing 4.3; tarsus 1; bill from gape 1.1.
Distribution. The mountain forests of Ceylon.