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.