(695) Hypothymis azurea tytleri.
The Andaman Black-naped Flycatcher.
Myiagra tytleri Beavan, Ibis, 1867, p. 324 (Andamans). Hypothymis tytleri. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 50.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Adult male. Similar to H. a. styani but with the whole of the underparts blue, only slightly paler on the centre of the abdomen. The upper parts average brighter and lighter than in that race but there is much overlapping in this respect.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 68 to 76 mm.
Female differs from the preceding races in having the lower parts from breast to under tail-coverts dull grey-blue.
Distribution. Andamans only.
Nidification. Nests taken by Messrs. Osmaston, Wickham and others in the Andamans are described as being exactly similar in all respects to those of H. a. styani except that they are invariably decorated with spiders' egg-cases. The breeding-season is April, May and early June. The eggs are not separable from those of the other Black-naped Flycatchers, but on the whole seem to be more distinctly spotted and less deep a cream in their groundcolour. Thirty-two eggs measure on an average 17.9 x 13.9 mm.
Habits. Those of the genus.