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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
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
CatNo: 
203
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
195
Common name: 
Long Tailed Sibia
M_ID: 
25101
M_CN: 
Long-tailed Sibia
M_SN: 
Heterophasia picaoides
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
280

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