Hypothymis azurea, Bodd.
290. :- Myiagra azurea, Bodd. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I. p. 450; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 395.
THE BLACK-NAPED BLUE FLY-CATCHER.
Length, 6 to 6.5 ; expanse, 8.5 ; wing, 2.75 to 2.85 ; tail, 2.75 to 3; tarsus, 0.6 to 0.75; bill from gape, 0.71 to 0.8; bill at front, 0.4.
Bill dark cobalt-blue, edges and tip black, edges of eyelids blue ; eyelids plumbeous ; irides deep brown ; legs ranging from cobalt-blue to plumbeous.
Above pale lazuline-blue, with the head and neck paler but brighter blue ; a large occipital spot of short erectile feathers, and a slender jugular one, silky-black ; throat, neck, and breast, pale blue ; abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts, bluish-white.
The female is bluish-ashy above ; the head and neck pale blue, and the abdomen white; and it has neither the occipital crestlet nor jugular black streak.
The Black-naped Blue Fly-catcher within our limits is confined to the Ghats region. It has been recorded from Belgaum, Nagar, and Ratnagiri. It occurs sparingly all along the Sahyadri Range as far north as Khandalla.