Cyornis pallipes

Cyornis pallipes, Jerd.

309. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 469 ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 397.

THE WHITE-BELLIED BLUE FLY-CATCHER.

Length, 6.5; expanse, 10 ; wing, 3 ; tail, 2.5 ; bill at front, from edge of feathers, 0.5 ; tarsus, 0.73.

Bill black; irides brown ; feet and claws vary from pale whity-brown to pale leaden-grey.

Entirely of a deep indigo-blue, except on the belly and under tail-coverts which are white ; wings and tail dusky on their inner webs.

The above is Dr. Jerdon's description which is very brief and not altogether satisfactory. I therefore subjoin Mr. Hume's description: :-

The lores and an excessively narrow line across the forehead at the base of the bill black ; above this the forehead and two long superciliary stripes are of a perceptibly paler and brighter blue than the rest of the plumage ; the belly, abdomen, vent, and lower tail-coverts, and greater portion of wing-lining, pure white ; sides and flanks greyish ; chin blackish ; inner webs of the quills, greater-coverts, and tail-feathers, hair-brown ; the rest of the plumage dull blue, indigo in some specimens.

The White-bellied Blue Fly-catcher is probably a rare cold weather visitant to the Ghat range only. It has been obtained on the Goa frontier and on the Ghats west of Belgaum.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Cyornis pallipes
Spp Author: 
Jerd.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
166
Common name: 
White Bellied Blue Fly Catcher
M_ID: 
27818
M_CN: 
White-bellied Blue Flycatcher
M_SN: 
Cyornis pallipes
Term name: 
id: 
11531

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