(649) Cyornis melanoleuca melanoleuca.
The Indian Little Pied Flycatcher.
Muscicapula melanoleucas Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. tt. B., xii, p. 940 (1843) (Nepal). Cyornis melanoleucas. Blanf & Oates, ii, p 18 (part.)
Vernacular names. Tuni-ti-ti (Lepcha).
Description.— Adult male. A broad supercilium, the inner greater wing-coverts and edges of inner secondaries white ; basal half of lateral tail-feathers and whole lower plumage white; remaining plumage velvety-black.
Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown ; bill and legs black.
Measurements. Total length about 110 mm,; wing 50 to 59 mm.; tail 40 to 43 mm.; tarsus about 15 to 16 mm.; culmen about 9 mm.
Female. Above olive-brown, more fulvous on the rump ; upper tail-coverts bright ferruginous ; tail brown edged with the same; wing-coverts like the back, the greater coverts and innermost secondaries edged with fulvous-white; below smoky-white.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the male.
Distribution. Garhwal, Nepal, Sikkim to the extreme Bast of Assam North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Nothing recorded.
Habits. In Summer the Little Pied Flycatcher is found between 3,000 and 8.000 feet in forest. There is practically nothing on record in regard to its habits, but these will not be found to differ from those of its Eastern race.