1082. Collocalia brevirostris

1082. Collocalia brevirostris.

The Himalayan Swiftlet.

Hirundo brevirostris, McClelland, P. Z. S. 1839, p. 155. Collocalia nidifica, Jerdon, B. I. i, p. 182, pt.; Brooks, S. F. iii, p. 232. Collocalia fuciphaga, apud Blanf. J. A. S. B. xii, pt. 2, p. 44; nec Thunb. Collocalia brevirostris, Hume, S. F. iii, p. 232; ix, p. 290; xi, p. 32; Hartert (C. fuciphagae subsp.), Cat. B. M. xvi, p. 501. Collocalia unicolor, apud Scully, S. F. viii, p. 235 ; nec Jerdon.

Coloration. Almost identical with that of C. fuciphaga, but the upper parts are a little darker in general, whilst the rump is slightly but distinctly paler than the back. Tarsi always feathered in front.

Bill black; irides dark brown; tarsi and toes brownish fleshy (Hume).

Length about 5.4 ; tail 2.2 ; wing 5; tarsus .4. The outer tail-feathers exceed the middle pair by .25 to .4 inch.

Distribution. Throughout the Himalayas as far west as Dalhousie, up to considerable elevations (I have seen this species at 12,000 feet in Sikhim), also in Assam and Manipur.

Habits, &c. Those of the genus. Nidification unknown.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
1082. Collocalia brevirostris
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1082
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
177
Common name: 
Himalayan Swiftlet
M_ID: 
7533
M_CN: 
Himalayan Swiftlet
M_SN: 
Aerodramus brevirostris
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
1506

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