603. Chelidorhynx hypoxanthum.
The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.
Rhipidura hypoxantha, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 035 (1843) ; id. Cat. p. 205. Chelidorhynx hypoxantha (Bl.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 147 ; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 455; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 47; Hume, N. & F. p. 204; Hume, Cat. no. 294; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 275 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 279; Oates, B. B. i, p. 269; id. in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. ii, p. 30.
The Yellow-bellied fantail, Jerd.; Sitte kleom, Lepch.
Coloration. A broad band on the forehead, continued back as a broad supercilium, and the whole lower plumage bright yellow ; lores, feathers round the eye, cheeks, and ear-coverts dark brown, tinged with green, the shafts of the latter part whitish ; tail brown, with conspicuous white shafts and all the feathers except the middle pair tipped white; upper plumage and wing-coverts olive-brown, the greater coverts tipped with white; wings brown, edged with the colour of the back.
I have not been able to examine a young bird.
Bill black above, the lower mandible yellow; iris brown ; gape orange; feet brownish (Scully).
Length about 4.7; tail 2.3; wing 2.1; tarsus .6; bill from gape .4.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Simla to Assam up to 12,000 feet; the Khasi hills ; Manipur ; the hills east of Toungngoo in Pegu. This species appears to be a permanent resident wherever it is found.
Habits, &c. According to Blanford this Flycatcher is usually seen in small flocks hunting about trees. The nest appears to be a deep cup made of moss, hair, wool, &c, built on the branch of a tree, and the eggs white without spots.