580. Stoparola sordida

580. Stoparola sordida.

The Dusky-blue Flycatcher.

Glaucomyias sordida, Wald. A. M. N. H. (4) v, p. 218 (1870);. Hume, S. F. iii, p. 401. Stoparola sordida (Wald.), Sharpe, Cat. 13. M. iv, p. 440; Hume, Cat. no. 302 bis; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 419, pl. xviii; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 11.

Coloration. Male. Forehead and a short eyebrow bright cobalt-blue ; lores and region of the nostrils black; the whole body-plumage ashy grey tinged with blue, brightest on the crown; abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts albescent; wing-coverts, wings, and tail dark brown, very narrowly margined with ashy blue.

The young are dark brown above, each feather with a streak or oval drop of fulvous in the centre ; lower plumage fulvous white, each feather margined with blackish ; abdomen albescent.

Iris reddish brown to brown; bill black; legs and feet dark plumbeous, the feet sometimes blackish, much darker than tarsus ; claws black (Legge).

Length about 6; tail 2.5; wing 3; tarsus .75; bill from gape .7.

It is very probable that the female of this species will be found to be slightly duller in colour than the male, but I have seen no sexed female. All the birds in the small series of this species in the British Museum appear to be males, but only one is so sexed.

Distribution. A resident in Ceylon up to 2000 feet.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
580. Stoparola sordida
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
580
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
38
Common name: 
Dusky Blue Flycatcher
M_ID: 
27921
M_CN: 
Dull-blue Flycatcher
M_SN: 
Eumyias sordidus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
791

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