581. Stoparola albicaudata.
The Nilghiri Blue Flycatcher.
Muscicapa albicaudata, Jerd. Madr. Journ. L. & S. xi, p. 16 (1840) ; id. Ill. Ind. Orn. pl. xiv. Stoparola albicaudata (Jerd.), Blyth, Cat. p. 175; Hume, N. & E. p. 210; id. Cat. no. 302 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 437 ; Davison, S. F. x, p. 370; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 11. Hypothymis albicaudata (Jerd,), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 202. Eumyias albicaudata (Jerd.), Jerd. B. I. i, p. 464.
Coloration. Male. The whole plumage indigo-blue; the forehead, a short and broad eyebrow, and the edge of the wing ultramarine-blue ; the throat suffused with the same; lores and the region of the nostrils black ; abdomen bluish brown mottled with white ; under tail-coverts bluish brown, broadly fringed with white ; wings and tail dark brown edged with blue, all the tail-feathers except the median pair white at the base.
Female. The whole upper plumage dull greyish tinged with olivaceous; upper tail-coverts dark bluish brown; tail blackish, the bases of all the feathers except the median pair white; entire lower plumage dull greyish blue, tinged with olivaceous on the throat and fore neck; coverts and quills dark brown edged with rufescent, the greater coverts tipped with fulvous.
The young have the upper plumage and wing-coverts brown, each feather margined with black and centred with fulvous ; wings and tail as in the adult; lower plumage pale greyish brown, barred with black and fulvous.
Bill, legs, and feet black ; iris dark brown (Davison).
Length about 6; tail 2.6; wing 3.2; tarsus .75; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. The Nilgiri and Palni hills up to 7000 feet.
Habits, &c. Breeds from February to May, constructing a nest of moss in a hole in a tree, wall, or bank, and laying three eggs, which are white or pale buff marked with reddish, and measure about .81 by .59.