487. Tephrodornis sylvicola

487. Tephrodornis sylvicola.

The Malabar Wood-Shrike.

Tephrodornis sylvicola, Jerdon, Madr. Journ. L. S. x, p. 236 (1839); Blyth, Cat. p. 153; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 409; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 277; Hume, Cat. no. 264; Davison, S. F. x, p. 365; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 147; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 331.
Bhari latora, Hind.

Coloration. Male. Nasal plumes, lores, and a broad band round the eye to the ear-coverts black; forehead, crown, nape, hind neck, and back bluish ashy; rump, scapulars, and lesser wing-coverts brown tinged with ashy; a baud of white on the lower rump; upper tail-coverts dark •brown; wings, tail, median and greater wing-coverts brown; lower plumage pale vinaceous, turning to pure white on the lower abdomen, flanks, and under tail-coverts.

Female. Differs from the male in having hardly any tinge of ashy on the upper plumage and in having the eye-band brown.

Bill and claws black; legs and feet dark plumbeous; iris oil- or greenish yellow (Davison).

Length about 8.5; tail 3.3; wing 4.4; tarsus .75; bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. The western coast of India from Belgaum to Travancore. This species ascends the Nilgiris and other hill-ranges up to about 5500 feet.

Habits, &c. Breeds in Mysore in April. A nest found in that state was composed of roots and fibres woven into a shallow cup and covered with cobwebs and lichens, and was placed in a tree. The eggs, two in number, were white marked with blackish brown and inky-purple and measured .98 by .73.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
487. Tephrodornis sylvicola
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Malabar Wood Shrike
Malabar Woodshrike
Tephrodornis sylvicola
Vol. 1

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