199. Hodgsonius phoenicuroides.
Bradypterus phoenicuroides, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 83 (1844) (desc. nulla); Gray, Cat. Mamm. &c. Nepal, p. 70, App. p. 153 (1846). Sylvania phoenicuroides (Hodgs.), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 136; id. Cat. p. 178. Hodgsonius phoenicuroides (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 395 ; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 497 ; Hume, Ibis, 1870, p. 529; Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 132; Hume & Henders. Lah. to York. p. 187, pi. vi; Hume, Cat. no. 341 ; Brooks, S. F. viii, p. 470; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 81. Dumeticola cyanocarpa, Hume, Ibis, 1872, p. 108 ; id, S. F. iii, p. 409 ; vii, p. 461. Callene hodgsoni, Moore, Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 132; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 411 ; id. Cat. no. 339 ter. Schoenicola cyanocarpus (Hume), Hume, Cat. no. 519 ter.
The White-bellied Short-wing, Jerd.
Coloration. Male. The whole body-plumage slaty blue except the abdomen, which is white, and the tail-coverts, which are slaty blue tipped with whitish ; quills dark brown, washed with blue on the outer webs ; tail-feathers blackish suffused with blue, the four outer pairs chestnut on the basal half of both webs, the next pair chestnut on the basal half of the outer web only.
Female. Upper plumage and wing-coverts olive-brown, the margins of the quills rufous; tail rufous-brown, deeper on the parts which are chestnut in the male ; sides of the head and the lower plumage ochraceous ; the abdomen whitish; and the lower tail-coverts dark ochraceous with pale centres and tips.
The young resemble the female, and young males assume the full adult plumage in the first autumn.
Bill dusky, reddish at the gape ; legs pale red-brown ; iris dark brown (Jerdon); gape yellow (J. Henderson).
Length about 7.5; tail 3.2; wing 3; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Gulmurg and Sonamurg in Kashmir to Bhutan. This species appears to be found at the foot of the hills as well as at considerable altitudes.
Habits, c&. Appears to frequent thick underwood.