Thamnobia fulicata, Linn.
479. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 121; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 404.
THE INDIAN BLACK ROBIN.
Length, 6 ; wing, 3; tail, 2.75 ; tarsus, 1.1 ; bill at front, 0.5.
Bill black ; irides dark brown; legs blackish.
Male, shining deep black, with a white wing-patch; the middle of the abdomen and the under tail-coverts deep chesnut.
Female dull sooty-brown, darker on the wings and tail ; the under tail-coverts chesnut.
The Indian Black Robin is very common in the Deccan, where it is a permanent resident, breeding during April, May and June. The nest, usually a mere pad, is composed of grass roots, vegetable fibre, hair and such like substances. It is generally found in a hole in a wall or tree. The eggs, three in number, are greenish-white in color, spotted and speckled with yellowish-white. They average 0.72 inches in length by about 0.55 in breadth.