570. Cyornis astigma.
The Little Blue-and-white Flycatcher.
Muscicapa astigma, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 84 (1844); Gray, Cat. Mamm. etc. Coll. Hodgs. p. 90, App. p. 155 (1846). Muscicapula Eestigma (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 297; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 471; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 157, xlv, pt. ii, p. 201, xlvii, pt. ii, p. 22. Muscicapula astigma (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 205 ; Hume, Cat. no. 311; id. S. F. xi, p. 112. Muscicapula superciliaris (Jerd.), apud Oates, B. B. i, p. 292.
Coloration. Male. Resembles the male of C. superciliaris. Differs in having no white on the tail-feathers, the supercilium absent or very faintly indicated, and the white on the throat and breast somewhat narrower.
Female. Resembles the female of C. superciliaris. Differs, generally speaking, in having the upper tail-coverts more fulvous than the other parts of the upper plumage, and in never having any tinge of blue on these parts, as is almost always the case in C. superciliaris. The plumage may be termed olive-brown on the sides of the neck and breast, and not buff. The females of the two species are, however, difficult to separate unless series of both are examined.
The young are precisely similar to those of C. superciliaris. Bill and legs black ; iris brown (Cockburn).
Length about 4.5; tail 1.9; wing 2.6; tarsus .6; bill from gape .6.
The two female specimens of a Flycatcher procured by Wardlaw Ramsay in Karennee, and referred by me to C. superciliaris in the ' Birds of Burmah; are now, 1 find, females of C. astigma.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim; the plains of Bengal, whence I have seen specimens collected by Brooks at Mudhupur and Assensole on the E.I. Railway in winter ; the Khasi hills, where this species is a constant resident and breeds ; probably Manipur, where Hume procured a specimen which he doubtfully refers to this species, but which specimen I have not been able to discover in his collection; Karennee, where Wardlaw Ramsay obtained two specimens.