639. Siphia parva albicilla

(639) Siphia parva albicilla.

The Eastern Red-breasted Flycatcher.

Muscicapa albicilla Pall., Zoogr. Rosso-Asiat., i, p. 462 (1827) (Dauria) Siphia albicilla. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 10.

Vernacular names. Turra (Hindi); Chatki (Beng.).

Description —Adult male. Differs from the male of S. p. parva in having the breast ashy instead of chestnut; the crown is fulvous-brown like the back; the ear-coverts are brown, instead of bluish ashy.

Colours of soft parts as in S. p. parva.

Measurements. Wing 68 to 73 mm.

Female and Young not distinguishable from those of S. p. parva.

Distribution. Eastern Siberia, from the Yenesei to Kamschatka, Trans-Baikalia and Ussuri, South to Tibet, North-Eastern India, Burma, and China.

Nidification. Only two certain nests of this little Flycatcher have been taken ; the first of these was one taken for Col. A. E. Ward on the 30th May in Ladak, both male and female being shot off the nest. This latter was a tiny cup of green and dry moss lined with soft hair and fur, and had been placed beside a stone, half hidden in a shallow hollow in one of the high stone boundary-walls. The second, taken in Tibet, north of Rhamtso, was similar to the last but. had been built- against a stunted willow and half hidden iu a hollow neat- the crown. The eggs are indistinguishable from those of the last bird and measure about 17.5 x 12.8 mm.

Habits. Similar to those of the preceding bird. Both this bird and the next seem very partial to bamboo-jungle.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.2 1924.
Title in Book: 
639. Siphia parva albicilla
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Eastern Red Breasted Flycatcher
Taiga Flycatcher
Ficedula albicilla
Vol. 2
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