581. Stoparola albicaudata

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.

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: 
581. Stoparola albicaudata
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Nilghiri Blue Flycatcher
Nilgiri Flycatcher
Eumyias albicaudatus
Vol. 2

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