(694) Hypothymis azurea ceylonensis.
The Ceylon Black-naped Flycatcher.
Hypothymis ceylonensis Sharpe, Cat. B. M., iv, p. 277 (1879) (Ceylon). Hypothymis azurea. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 49.
Vernacular names. Marawa (Cinghalese).
Description.— Adult male. Differs from all the other races of Hypothymis in having the band across the neck and the spot on the nape either obsolete or much smaller.
Females. Except when they vary in size the females of the various races are not distinguishable from one another.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the preceding races.
Distribution. Ceylon only.
Nidification. Similar to that of the other races. According to Legge, it breeds during April and July from the plains up to about 4,000 feet. It appears, like so many other southern birds, to lay but two eggs in Ceylon instead of three or four as its more northern relations do. They are quite inseparable from any other Hypothymis eggs and measure about 16.7 x 13.7.
Habits. Found over all but the driest portions of Ceylon in well-wooded or forest country, keeping much to the lower cover during the breeding-season but resorting in flocks to the higher trees in the non-breeding season. It feeds entirely on the wing but not as a rule from a single sallying-point, constantly moving from one tree or branch to another.