Cyornis tickelli, Bly.
305. :- Cyornis banyumas, Horsfield. 306 . :- Cyornis tickelliae, Blyth. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, pp. 466 and 467; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 468; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 397; Siphia tickellae, Bly.; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 66.
TICKELL'S BLUE RED-BREAST.
Length, 5.75 to 6 ; expanse, 9 ; wing, 2.75 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.3.
Bill black ; irides deep-brown; legs brownish. Male. :- Above rather dark-blue ; forehead, and streak over eye, pale bright-blue ; lores and ear-coverts black ; beneath, the chin, throat, and breast, yellow-ferruginous, passing to white on the middle of the abdomen, and the under tail-coverts pure white ; flanks slightly fulvescent.
Female. :- Above dull greyish-blue, brighter on the forehead, shoulders of the wings, and upper tail-coverts ; chin white, tinged with fulvescent; throat and breast light ferruginous ; belly albescent; under tail-coverts pure white; bill blackish ; legs pale.
Tickell's Blue Red-breast does not occur in Sind, but it has been recorded as more or less rare from all other portions of our district. It is probably a permanent resident in the hilly and forest districts, but elsewhere appears to be a seasonal visitant only.
Jerdon in his Birds of India has described the male and female as different species.