210. Lioptila pulchella

210. Lioptila pulchella.

The Beautiful Sibia.

Sibia pulchella, Godwin-Austen, A. M. N. H. (4) xiii, p. 160 (1874) ; id. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 164, pi. vii; xlv, pt. ii, p. 78 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 281. Malarias pulchellus (Godw.-Aust.), Hume, Cat.no. 429 ter; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 407 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 173.

Coloration. The whole upper plumage bluish grey, brighter on the head; median tail-feathers umber-brown, with a subterminal black band and a dark grey tip ; the others with a progressively diminishing amount of umber-brown and an increasing quantity of black till the outermost feathers are wholly black with a grey tip; smaller wing-coverts bluish grey; greater coverts next the body entirely chocolate-brown, this colour diminishing in extent on the outer coverts and giving place to black ; winglet and primary-coverts black; edge of wing bluish grey; tertiaries umber-brown, edged with black on the outer webs ; secondaries black, broadly edged externally with dark bluish grey ; primaries black, with the outer webs almost entirely pale bluish grey; lores and round the eye black; ear-coverts bluish grey mottled with black ; the sides of the neck and the entire lower plumage ashy blue tinged with vinous.

Bill black ; legs horny-brown (Godwin-Austen).
Length about 9.5; tail 4.9 ; wing 4.1; tarsus 1.3; bill from gape 1.1.

Distribution. The Peak of Khunho, Eastern Burrail range, Naga hills, at about 8000 feet; the slopes of Toruputu Peak, Daphla hills, at about 5000 feet.

Habits, &c. Godwin-Austen, the discoverer of this species, says that it is found in companies of about half a dozen haunting the tops of the rhododendron trees, the flowers of which it searches busily for insects.

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: 
210. Lioptila pulchella
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Beautiful Sibia
Beautiful Sibia
Heterophasia pulchella
Vol. 1

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