564. Cyornis cyaneus

564. Cyornis cyaneus.

The White-tailed Blue Flycatcher.

Muscitrea cyanea, Hume, S. F. v, p. 101 (1877) ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 207; Hume, Cat. no. 266 bis. Trichastoma leucoproctum, Tweedd. P. Z. S. 1877, p. 366: Hume, S. F. vii, p. 318. Niltava leucoprocta (Tweedd.), Oates, B. B. i, p. 298. Pachycephala cyanea (Hume), Gadow, B. M. Cat. viii, p. 224.

Coloration. Male. Lores and front line of the forehead black; forehead, crown, nape, and some of the lesser coverts cobalt-blue; the remaining wing-coverts and the whole upper plumage deep blue ; quills dark brown, edged with blue ; the four middle tail-feathers dull blue, the next pair white on both webs, with a broad black tip, the next two pairs nearly entirely white on the inner web, the outermost pair narrowly white on the inner web; sides of the head and neck, chin, throat, and breast dull blue; abdomen and sides of the body bluish grey; vent and under tail-coverts pure white; under wing-coverts ashy. The disposition of white in the tail varies somewhat.

Female. Lores and front line of the forehead reddish brown; upper plumage olive-brown, tinged with rufous; wing-coverts and quills dark brown, broadly edged with bright rufous; tail brown, tinged with rufous and with the same distribution of white on it as in the male; ear-coverts olive-brown, with pale shafts; chin, throat, breast, and sides of the body rufous-olive; a large patch of white on the fore neck; middle of the abdomen whitish; vent and under tail-coverts pure white; under wing-coverts and axillaries rufous-ashy.

Bill black; legs light brown; iris deep brown (Limborg).

Length about 7 ; tail 3; wing 3.6 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape 1.

Distribution. Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim up to 5000 feet. This species has also been found on the mountains of Perak in the Malay peninsula.

Habits, A forest bird, found constantly on trees, and never descending to the ground.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
564. Cyornis cyaneus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
White Tailed Blue Flycatcher
Cyornis concretus cyaneus
Vol. 2
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