Hodgs., J. A. S. B., vi, p. 102 (1837).
Type, X. brunnea.
The genus Larvivora contains three species, one resident in India, one in Burma and the third found in the Eastern portion of the Empire in winter only. The first two are only locally migratory, whilst the third has a very wide range over Eastern Asia.
In Larvivora the sexes are different in coloration and the young are barred and spotted.
In this genus the bill is slender and about half the length of the head and the nostrils are long ovals. The wing is rather pointed, with the first primary of somewhat small size; the tarsus is slender and long and the tail is much shorter than the wing.
Key to Species
A. Upper plumage blue.
a. Lower plumage white X. cyane, , p- 12.
b. Lower plumage bright chestnut X. brunnea, P- 14.
c. Throat and breast light chestnut, abdomen
white , X. wickhami, , p. 15.
B. Upper plumage olive-brown.
d. Throat and breast pale fulvous, mottled
with brown X. cyane, , p. 12.
e. Throat and breast bright fulvous, mottled
with brown X. brunnea, , p. 14.