Merula nigropilea, Lafr.
359. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 523 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 470 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol, IX, p. 399.
THE BLACK-CAPPED BLACKBIRD.
Length, 9.5 ; wing, 4.9; tail, 3.5 ; tarsus, 1.2 ; bill at front, 0.8.
Bill orange-yellow, as also are the gape and eyelids; legs brownish-yellow.
Male. :- Head, with the lores, cheeks and nape, deep black ; back, rump, wings and tail, dark-blackish, tinged with brown on the interscapulars ; chin blackish ; neck, all round to the nape (contrasting there strongly with the black of the crown) and the lower parts brownish-ashy, paler on the belly, and passing to white on the vent; under tail-coverts mingled white and ashy.
The Black-capped Blackbird is a permanent resident and occurs on the Sahyadri Range as far north as Khandalla, and is also common at Mount Aboo, where it is particularly abundant during the rains at which season it breeds, but its nest does not appear to have been taken.