1088. Macropteryx comata

1088. Macropteryx comata.

The Tufted Tree-Swift.

Cypselus comatus, Temm. Pl. Col. 268 (1824). Macropteryx comata, Blyth, Cat. p. 87; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 14; Hartert, Cat. B. M. xvi, p. 517. Dendrochelidon comata, Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 110 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 318; id. Cat, no. 104 bis; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 51.

Coloration. Male. Crown, nape, throat, sides of neck just behind ear-coverts, and upper and under wing-coverts metallic purplish blue; narrow frontal band, long supercilia, chin, and broad moustachial stripes, extending back below and beyond the ear-coverts, white ; lores black; ear-coverts chestnut; wing and tail-feathers blackish, glossed with purplish blue; back, rump, upper tail-coverts, breast, and abdomen brown, glossed with bronze; lower tail-coverts white.

In the female the ear-coverts are metallic blue. The young has probably brown and white edges to the feathers.

Crest small; superciliary and moustachial stripes ending behind in long tufts. Bill black; irides dark brown; legs and feet purplish pink (Davison).

Length about 6.3 inches; tail 3, the outer feathers exceeding the middle pair by 1.5; wing 5 ; tarsus .25.

Distribution. Malay Peninsula and Archipelago, including Celebes and the Philippines, extending into the extreme south of Tenasserim as far as Choungthanoung, 90 miles south of Mergui.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
1088. Macropteryx comata
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1088
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
182
Common name: 
Tufted Tree Swift
M_ID: 
7421
M_CN: 
Whiskered Treeswift
M_SN: 
Hemiprocne comata
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1514

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