(667) Stoparola sordida.
The Dusky Blue Flycatcher.
Glaucomyias sordida Wald., A. M. N. H., (4) v, p. 218 (1870) (Ceylon). Stoparola sordida. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 29.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Adult male. Lores, line across the forehead and point of chin black; forehead, short supercilium and chin bright cobalt-blue; general plumage ashy-grey tinged with blue, darker and more blue on the head; vent almost white and abdomen pale; under tail-coverts almost or quite white; wings and tail brown, the wing-coverts broadly and quills very narrowly edged with blue.
Colours of soft parts. Iris hazel-brown to reddish brown; legs and feet dark plumbeous, the latter sometimes blackish and darker than the tarsus.
Measurements. Wing 73 to 78 mm.; tail 57 to 61 mm.; tarsus about 19.0 mm.; culmen about 11 mm.
Female. Duller and with less blue on forehead, chin and head.
"Young. Brown above, boldly spotted with fulvous and with dark edges to each feather; below fulvous, paler and whitish on the centre of the abdomen, each feather edged and tipped dark brown.
Distribution. Ceylon only above 2,000 feet.
Nidification. The Dusky Blue Flycatcher breeds in the mountains and lower hills of Ceylon in February, March and April. The nest is like that of the Verditer Flycatcher and the eggs are quite indistinguishable from those of that bird but only two or three are laid. They average about 20.1 x 14.4 mm., and a small series vary in length between 20.0 x 14.2 and 21.0 x l5.0 mm. and in breadth between 20.3 x 14.1 and 21.0 x 15.0 mm.
Habits. The Dusky Blue Flycatcher breeds only above 2,000 feet and seems seldom to wander much below this even in non-breeding months. Like the Verditer Flycatcher it often associates in small flocks and has a similar sweet little song and the same soft low call-note sounding like chip chip. It is said to be very bold in the presence of man and to prefer the vicinity of villages and open country to deep forest.