208. Lioptila annectens

208. Lioptila annectens.

Blyth's Sibia.

Leioptila annectans, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 4-50 (1847): id. Cat p. 337 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 248; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 109; Hume, Cat. no. 613; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 80; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 240. Lioptila saturata, Wald. Ibis, 1875, p. 352, note; Wardlaw-Ramsay, Ibis, 1877, p. 464.
The Slender-billed Shrike-Tit, Jerd.; Rubnun-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. Forehead, lores, crown, nape, ear-coverts, and round the eye black; hind neck black,streaked with white; sides of the back black; scapulars pale rufous ; middle of the back, the rump, and upper tail-coverts deep chestnut, the latter with a few black streaks ; lesser and median wing-coverts black, edged with ashy; greater coverts black, tipped with chestnut; primaries black, edged on the outer web with bluish white, except the last two or three, which are plain; secondaries similarly edged, except at the bases; tertiaries more broadly edged and tipped with white, and with some chestnut on the outer web near the base ; tail black, edged with deeper black on the basal half, and tipped white, more broadly on the outer feathers, and more narrowly towards the middle ; lower plumage white, except the vent, under tail-coverts, and flanks, which are pale chestnut.

Legs and feet wax-yellow; claws brownish; bill black; gape and more or less of basal portion of lower mandible yellow; iris chocolate, brownish chocolate, brownish maroon, claret-red, greyish chocolate-brown (Hume).

Length about 7.5 ; tail 3.4; wing 3.1; tarsus .95; bill from gape .75.

L. saturata, Walden, is so close to this species that I cannot separate it. On the other hand, L. davisoni, Hume, from Tenasserim, is a markedly distinct bird. I have examined the types of both species.

Distribution. Sikhim; the Khasi and Naga hills; North Cachar; Manipur ; Karennee. This species is found at 4000 feet and upwards.

Habits, &c. Hume states that this bird creeps about the branches of large trees in forest, very much like a Creeper, though neither quite so rapid nor so jerky in its movements.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
208. Lioptila annectens
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Blyth's Sibia
Rufous-backed Sibia
Heterophasia annectans
Vol. 1

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