Cyornis rubeculoides, Vig.
304. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 466 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 397.
THE BLUE-THROATED RED-BREAST.
Length, 5.75 ; expanse, 9 ; wing, 2.9 ; tarsus, 0. 7 ; bill at front, 033.
Bill black ; irides dark-brown; legs brown.
Male. :- The head, neck, body above, dark-blue ; forehead and shoulder of the wing bright pale-blue ; lores, ear-coverts, and frontal plumes, black; inner webs of quills, and of the tail-feathers (and the whole under surface of these), dusky-black; throat dark-blue; neck and breast bright-rufous; abdomen white.
The female is olive-brown above, with a rufous breast and white belly.
The Blue-throated Red-breast is a very rare cold weather visitant to parts of the Deccan, but does not occur elsewhere within our range.