665. Cittocincla albiventris.
The Andaman Shama.
Kittacincla albiventris, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxvii, p. 269 (1858); Ball, S F. i, p. 73; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 232 ; Walden, Ibis, 1873, p. 307, pl. xii, fig. 1. Cercotrichas albiventris (Blyth), Hume, Cat. no. 476 bis. Cittocincla albiventris, Blyth, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 90.
Coloration. Both sexes are alike, or nearly so, the female merely differing from the male in having the chin and throat less glossy and they both resemble the male of C. macrura, from which they differ in the colour of the abdomen and vent, which is white instead of chestnut. The under tail-coverts and flanks are pale ferruginous. The tail is much shorter.
The nestling bird is dark brown, spotted with ferruginous; the wings are margined with the same, and the coverts spotted.
Legs and feet pale fleshy; bill black (Hume).
Length about 9 ; tail about 5 ; wing 3.6; tarsus 1; bill from gape 1. The female has usually a shorter tail.
Distribution. The Andamans.