(564) Kittacincla macroura albiventris.
The Andaman Shama.
Kittacincla albiventris Blyth, J. A. S. B., xxvii, p. 269 (1859) (Andamans). Cittocincla albiventris. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 120.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Adult male. Differs from M. m. macroura in having the abdomen white; the under tail-coverts and extreme posterior flanks are chestnut, this colour in a few instances encroaching on the abdomen.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill black; legs and feet fleshy.
Measurements. Total length about 230 mm.; wing 90 to 94 mm.; tail 108 to 113 mm.; tarsus 27 to 28 mm.; culmen 16 to 17 mm.
Female similar to the male but the throat and breast are less glossy.
Measurements. Wing 85 to 89 mm.; tail 91 to 105 mm.
Nestling. Dark brown above spotted with fulvous, below rich rusty, the feathers with broad black edges ; belly albescent, under tail-coverts ferruginous.
Distribution. Andamans only.
Nidification. Not recorded.
Habits. The same as those of the other races.