825. Hirundo hyperythra

825. Hirundo hyperythra.

The Ceylon Swallow.

Hirundo hyperythra, Layard, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 814 (1849); id. Cat. p. 198; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 592 ; Hume Cat, no. 85 quint. ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 167; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii. p. 201.

Waehaelaniya, Cing.

Coloration. Rump and the shorter upper tail-coverts deep chestnut ; with this exception, the whole upper plumage, wings, and tail glossy steel-blue ; sides of the head and whole lower plumage deep chestnut with narrow shaft-streaks ; terminal half of under tail-coverts black.

Iris sepia-brown; bill deep brown, in some blackish, base of lower mandible reddish ; legs and feet vinous-brown (Legge). Length about 6.5; tail 3.3; wing 4.7; tarsus .55; bill from gape .6; bifurcation of tail 1.4.

Distribution. Confined to Ceylon. A similar but very much larger Swallow (H. badia) occurs at Malacca.

Habits, &c. Breeds from March to June, constructing a cup-shaped nest of mud under bridges or in outhouses. The eggs are pure white, and measure about .85 by .56.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
825. Hirundo hyperythra
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
825
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
298
Common name: 
Ceylon Swallow
M_ID: 
22597
M_CN: 
Sri Lanka Swallow
M_SN: 
Cecropis hyperythra
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
1131

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