(662) Cyornis tickelliae mesaea.
Oberholser's Blue Flycatcher.
Cyornis tickelliae mesaea Oberholser, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, xxxiii, p. 86 (1920) (Ceylon).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from the Indian form in being decidedly darker above both in the male and female. It is not, however, as dark or richly coloured as C f. sumatrensis and not nearly so white below.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the other forms.
Distribution. Ceylon only.
Nidification. Very little known, but Legge obtained young in nestling-plumage in June and the middle of July, so presumably they lay in May and early June. They breed up to at least 4,000 feet and possibly higher than this, as I have had specimens procured at Newara Eliya in June.
Habits. Those of the genus.