641. Muscicapula concreta cyanea

(641) Muscicapula concreta cyanea (Hume).
THE HIMALAYAN WHITE-TAILED BLUE FLYCATCHER.
Cyornis cyanea, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 215.
Muscicapula concreta cyanea, ibid. vol. viii, p. 628.
This fine Flycatcher is found in the mountains of the Malay Peninsula as far South as Perak and occurs throughout Tenasserim and peninsular Siam.
A single specimen was brought in by Patkoi Nagas to Dr. H. N. Coltart, together with the nest and one egg, the skin being eventually sent to the Tring Museum. A later nest, also brought in by Nagas, and referred to this species, was later ascertained to be that of Muscicapula unicolor.
The first nest consisted entirely of moss and was in shape a deep cup which the Nagas said had been wedged into a hole in a rocky bank of a ravine running through dense forest. The lining ; was of moss-roots only. The nest was much knocked out of shape in carriage but when in situ would, I should imagine, have measured about 7 inches across by 4 deep. The cup was fully 3 x 2 inches. The Nagas informed us that they had found a similar nest of this bird previously with young.
The single egg, which was taken on the 25th June, is exactly like a very large egg of Muscicapula rubeculoides. The ground¬ colour is a pale buff-stone, stippled all over with rather dark reddish, the specks almost confluent at the larger end, where they form an ill-defined cap. It is in shape a broad, blunt oval, the texture fine and the surface distinctly glossy. It measures 23.9 x 18.0 mm. full.
We cannot say exactly at what elevation this nest was taken, but the Nagas’ village was situated at about 5,000 feet and the nest was taken above this, probably between 5,000 and 7,000 feet.
This bird was extremely common in the plains in the cold weather, and Coltart obtained a fine series for the Tring Museum. We fully expected to find that they differed subspecifically from the Tenasserim birds, divided as they are by so great an area, but they appear to be identical.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
641. Muscicapula concreta cyanea
Spp Author: 
Hume
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
641
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
182
Common name: 
Himalayan White Tailed Blue Flycatcher
M_ID: 
27873
M_SN: 
Cyornis concretus cyaneus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13797

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