Culicicapa Swinhoe, P. Z. S., 1871, p. 381. Type, C. ceylonensis.
The genus Culicicapa contains one species of Flycatcher with a very wide distribution, from Ceylon to "West China and Borneo etc. Probably resident throughout this area in the hills and wandering into the plains locally in India.
In this genus the sexes are alike and the plumage is grey and yellow. The bill is very much depressed and when viewed from above is almost an equilateral triangle, the sides being but little longer than the base; the rictal bristles are very numerous and long, the first primary is short and the tail is square.
Key to Subspecies.
A. Above blight yellowish green, with well-marked brighter and more yellow upper
tail-coverts C. c. ceylonensis, p. 254.
B. Above rather darker yellowish green, with
no marked increase of yellow on the
tail-coverts C.c. orientalis, p. 256.
C. Above much darker, more green, less
yellow; back and upper tail-coverts
practically concolorous C.c. meridionalis, p. 256.