806. Chelidon lagopus.
The Siberian Martin.
Hirundo lagopoda, Pall. Zoogr. Rosso-Asiat.i, p. 532 (1811). Chelidon urbica (Pall.) apud Tick. J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 277 note ; Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 127 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 45. Chelidon whiteleyi, Swinhoe, P. Z. S. 1862, p. 320; id. Ibis, 1874, p. 152, pl. vii, fig. 2. Chelidon lagopoda (Pall), Oates, B. B. i, p. 311; Seebohm, Hist. Brit. Birds, ii, p. 179 note. Chelidon lagopus (Pall.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 93.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, back, scapulars, and lesser wing-coverts glossy steel-black; rump and upper tail-coverts white, the shafts dark; tail, wings, and greater coverts brown; lores, the feathers under the eye and above the ear-coverts dull black; cheeks, lower ear-coverts, and all the lower plumage pure white ; under wing-coverts and axillaries dark smoky brown.
Length nearly 5 inches; tail 2.3; wing about 4.5; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. A House-Martin was observed in Burma by the late Colonel Tickell many years ago. He identified it. with C. urbica, but his description and figure of it in his MS. work, now in the Library of the Zoological Society of London, show that he procured the present species. I have frequently seen large flocks of a Martin in Southern Pegu, but have failed to secure a specimen ; they were most probably of this species.
The Siberian Martin summers in Northern and Central Asia, and visits Burma in the winter months. Colonel Tickell's specimen of this bird was obtained at Moulmein.