632. Henicurus schistaceus.
The Slaty-backed Forktail.
Enicurus schistaceus, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 189 (1836); Blyth, Cat. p. 159; Horsf. M. Cat. i, p. 346; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 214; Hume, N. & E. p. 376. Henicurus schistaceus, Hodgs., Elwes, Ibis, 1872, p. 253 ; Godw.- Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 80; limine Dav. S. F. vi, p. 361 ; Hume, Cat, no. 586 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 311; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 315; Oates, B. B. i, p. 27; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 229 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 60.
Coloration. A frontal band and the feathers immediately over and behind the eye white; lores, cheeks, ear-coverts, chin, upper part of the throat, and the sides of the lower part black; crown, nape, sides of neck and back slaty blue; lesser wing-coverts black, margined with slaty black; median coverts black ; greater coverts black, tipped with white; scapulars slaty blue, tipped with white; quills black, broadly white at base; the secondaries and tertiaries with white tips ; rump, upper tail-coverts, and the two outer pairs of tail-feathers white; the other tail-feathers black, with white bases and tips; lower part of throat and the whole lower plumage white, the breast with narrow indistinct black cross bars.
Tho young have the head and back ashy brown; chin and lower plumage white, the throat and breast mottled with brown.
Bill black; iris blackish brown; feet fleshy white; the tarsi livid in front; claws whitish.
Length up to 10; tail up to 5 ; wing 3.8; tarsus 1.05; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Kumaun to the Daphla hills in Assam ; the Naga hills ; Manipur; Arrakan; the whole of Tenasserim. This species extends into Southern China.
Habits, &c. Breeds in Sikhim and Tenasserim from March to July. The nest and eggs do not differ in any respect from those of the preceding species. The eggs measure about .85 by .65.