203. Sibia picaoides

203. Sibia picaoides.

The Long-tailed Sibia.

Sibia picaoides, Hodgs. J. A. S. B, viii, p. 38 (1839); Blyth, Cat. p. 98 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 210; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 55 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 268; Wald. Ibis, 1876, p. 354; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 78; xlvii, pt. ii, p. 18 ; Hume &; Dav. S. F. vi, p. 294 ; Hume, Cat. no. 430; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 293; Oates, B. B. i, p. 43; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 401; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 173; Oates in Hume's N. E. 2nd ed. i, p. 132.
Malcheo-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. Whole upper plumage, wings, and tail deep slaty brown, the tail tipped with white, and the wings with a white patch formed by a spot on each outer web of four of the secondaries ; forehead and lores blackish ; throat and breast slaty brown : remainder of lower plumage ashy grey, becoming albescent on the abdomen.

Bill horny black; iris scarlet; feet greyish dusky; claws horny black {Scully).

Length 13.5; tail 8.5; wing 4.8; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape 1.1.

Distribution. Nepal, Sikhim, and Bhutan ; the Daphla hills ; the Naga hills; Karennee; Tenasserim. Tickell states that be procured this species in Tenasserim at an elevation of 3000 feet. It appears to be found up to an elevation of 5000 feet.
Habits, &c. Jerdon states that this Sibia associates in flocks of six or seven, and flies from tree to tree, feeding on both fruit and insects and keeping up a continual whistling sort of call. Gammie found the nest in Sikhim - a cup made of herbaceous plants and lined with grass; and the eggs, five in number, were greyish white speckled with brown and purple ; they measured about .9 by .72.

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: 
203. Sibia picaoides
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Long Tailed Sibia
Long-tailed Sibia
Heterophasia picaoides
Vol. 1

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