Tephrodornis pondicerianus, Gm.
265. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p, 410 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 464; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 392 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 123 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 65.
THE COMMON WOOD SHRIKE.
Length, 6.5 to 7 ; expanse, 10; wing, 3.5 ; tail, 2.75 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.62.
Bill dusky-horny; irides greenish-yellow; legs plumbeous-brown.
Above ashy-brownish; the feathers of the rump edged with white, and the upper tail-coverts deep brown; beneath, chin and throat white, the rest whitish, with a tinge of reddish grey ; under tail-coverts white; superciliary streak reddish-white; wings and tail dusky-brown, and with the two outer feathers on each side white at the base and also at the tip; a dark brown band from the nostrils through the eye to the ear-coverts.
The Common Wood Shrike is found in all the principal portions of our limits, but is much more numerous in some places than in others. It is a permanent resident, breeding generally in March and April. The nest, composed of fine roots and grass, and lined with wool and vegetable fibres, is a neat, well made, compact, shallow cup, coated on the exterior with cobwebs, and is built in the fork of a tree. The eggs, three in number, are broadish oval in shape, delicate greenish-white in color, spotted and blotched with different shades of yellowish and reddish-brown. They measure 0.75 in length by 0.61 in breadth.