577. Cyornis magnirostris.
The Large-billed Blue Flycatcher.
Cyornis magnirostris, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 814 (1849) ; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 469; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 100; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xii, pt. ii, p. 158; Hume, Cat. no. 308. Siphia magnirostris (Bl.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 453; Oates, B. B. i, p. 290.
Coloration. Male. Upper plumage, cheeks, ear-coverts, sides of the neck, and wing-coverts deep blue, brilliant on the forehead and over the lores and eyes; feathers at the base of the upper mandible and lores black ; chin, throat, and breast chestnut; sides of the breast blue; sides of the abdomen fulvous; middle of the abdomen and the under tail-coverts white; under wing-coverts and axillaries clear buff; tail-feathers dark brown, suffused with blue on the outer webs; greater wing-coverts and quills dark brown, with dull blue margins.
Female. Upper plumage olive-brown, tinged with rufous on the upper tail-coverts ; tail brown, suffused with ferruginous ; coverts and quills brown, edged with rufous-olive ; lores and a ring round the eye fulvous ; chin, throat, and breast orange-rufous, paler on the chin and throat; flanks suffused with ochraceous ; abdomen and under tail-coverts white.
The young are similar to those of C. rubeculoides.
Iris dark brown ; legs pale flesh-colour (Godwin-Austen).
Length about 6; tail 2.5; wing 3.2; tarsus .7; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. Sikhim ; Cachar; the Khasi hills ; the extreme south of Tenasserim. The distribution of this species as known is very incomplete, and it will probably be found spread over the greater part of Assam and Burma. It is a resident in Sikhim; occurs in Cachar in May, and in Tenasserim from December to March.
There are some specimens of this bird in the Hodgson collection, but nothing to show that they came from Nepal. They were probably obtained in Sikhim.