807. Chelidon nepalensis

807. Chelidon nepalensis.

Hodgson's Martin.

Delichon nepalensis, Hodgs., Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 104, pl. lxiii; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 384 ; Hume, Cat. no. 94; id. S. F. xi, p. 29. Chelidon nepalensis (Hodgs.), Jerd. B. I. i, p. 168; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xii, pt. ii, p. 156 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xiv, pt. ii, pp. 68, 193 ; xlvii, pt. ii, p. 13; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 95.

The Little Himalayan Martin, Jerd.

Coloration. Rump white, the feathers delicately fringed with black; with this exception the whole upper plumage is glossy bluish black; wings and tail dull black, some of the coverts margined and tipped with glossy bluish black; lores and sides of the head deep black with a very slight gloss'; chin and throat black speckled with white; fore neck, breast, abdomen, vent, and legs white ; under tail-coverts, axillaries, and under wing-coverts deep black.

Some birds, probably the young, have the point of the chin black, the remainder of the chin and the whole throat white ; and in these birds the underparts are not quite so pure a white as in those with black throats.

Bill brown, paler at gape ; legs and toes fleshy white.

Length about 4.5; tail 1.8; wing 3.7; tarsus .45; bill from gape .4; tail quite square at tip.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Naini Tal to the Daphla hills in Assam, and thence southwards through the hill-ranges to Manipur. This Martin appears to ascend the Himalayas up to at least 8000 feet, and it also appears to be found on those mountains throughout the year, as I have seen specimens procured in Sikhim in every month from June to January. It probably visits the lower valleys and plains in the winter months only.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
807. Chelidon nepalensis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Hodgsons Martin
Nepal House Martin
Delichon nipalense
Vol. 2
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