339. Bhringa remifer.
The Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo.
Edolius remifer, Temm. Pl. Col. iii, pl. 178 (1823). Bhringa tectirostris, Hodgs. Ind. Rev. i, p. 325 (1837); Hume, N. & E. p. 193 ; id. S. F. iii, p. 101. Bhringa remifer (Temm), Blyth, Cat.-p. 200; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 159 ; Jerd. B. 1. i, p. 434; Blyth & Wald. Birds Barm. p. 123 Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 257; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 218; Tweedd. Ibis, 1878, p. 80; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 652 ; Hume, Cat. no. 283; Oates, B. B. i, 224; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 100 Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 216.
Bhrinya, Nep.; Nambong punnony, Lepch.; Piadiyapo, Bhut.
Coloration. The entire plumage black, the head, neck, throat, and breast glossed with metallic violet, the back and the outer webs of the quills and tail-feathers with metallic blue; under wing-coverts and axillaries tipped with white.
Iris red ; bill, legs, and claws black ; eyelids plumbeous.
Length to end of middle tail-feathers about 11; tail to end of middle feathers about 5.5 ; Length of lateral tail-feathers up to 21, of which 12 is bare shaft; wing 5.5 ; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape 1.2.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Garhwal to Assam up to 5000 feet; thence through the hill-tracts of Assam and throughout Burma to Tenasserim. Davison failed to observe this species south of Amherst, but Bingham procured it in the Thoungyeen valley. It reappears in the mountains of Perak, Sumatra, and Java.
Habits, &c. Entirely confined to forest country. This species sallies after insects from the summit of the highest trees. It breeds in May and June, constructing a shallow nest of small twigs and roots in a fork of a branch at a considerable height from the ground. The eggs are pinkish, marked with brownish red, and measure about 1.05 by .75.