Calliope camtschatkensis, Gm.
512. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 150.
THE COMMON RUBY-THROAT.
Length, 6 ; wing, 3 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 1.12 ; bill at front, 0.5.
Bill horny-brown ; irides dark-brown ; legs livid or purplish.
Above olive-brown, beneath dull whitish; a band above and below the eyes whitish; intermediate space black; feathers of the throat somewhat scaly and stiff, light scarlet or ruby-red, with silvery edges, more or less surrounded with black ; the breast ashy, flanks bright olive-brown, and belly whitish; axillaries slightly rufescent.
The female has in general no trace of the ruby-throat, which is whitish, and the lores brown; but some old females have a tinge of the ruby color.
Jerdon states that " once on boardship, a little south of Bombay, one took refuge in the month of November." This is the only record of the occurrence of the Common Ruby-throat within our limits.