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.

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: 
580. Stoparola sordida
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Dusky Blue Flycatcher
Dull-blue Flycatcher
Eumyias sordidus
Vol. 2
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