578. Nitidula hodgsoni.
The Pigmy Blue Flycatcher.
Nemura hodgsoni, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 76, pl. 62 : Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 300. Nitidula campbelli, Jerdon & Blyth, P. Z. S. 1861, p. 201. Nitidula hodgsoni (Moore), Jerd. B. I. i, p. 472 ; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 159; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. ii, p. 15; Hume, Cat. no. 313 ; id. S. F. xi, p. 112. Tarsiger hodgsoni (Moore), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 258.
Coloration. Male. Lores and a frontal band black ; sides of the head black, with a bluish tinge; the whole upper plumage bright blue, the anterior half of the crown ultramarine ; wings and tail black, the outer webs edged with blue; the whole lower plumage pale orange-yellow ; under wing-coverts and axillaries white.
Female. The whole upper plumage, the exterior margins of the wing- and tail-feathers, and the ear-coverts olive-brown, slightly rufescent on the rump and upper tail-coverts ; lores and cheeks fulvous yellow, slightly mottled with brown; the whole lower plumage saffron-yellow, paling on the abdomen and under tail-coverts.
I have not been able to examine a nestling bird ; but after the autumn moult the young of both sexes resemble the adult female, and the male begins to assume the adult plumage about March.
Bill black; legs pale reddish ; iris dark brown (Jerdon).
Length nearly 4; tail 1.4; wing 1.9; tarsus .6; bill from gape .5.
Distribution. A resident species in Sikhim up to 7000 feet or higher; Sadiya and Dibrugarh in Assam ; the Naga hills.