(538) Cyanosylvia suecica robusta.
The Chinese Bed-spotted Blue-throat.
Cyanecula suecica rolusta Buturlin, Psoveia i Ruzh. Okhota (1907) (Kolyma Delta). Cyanecula suecica. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 99 (part.).
Vernacular names. Gunpigera, Gurpedra (Beng.).
Description. An altogether darker bird in every respect than the two preceding races and differs generally in having more of a red tinge on the rump and upper tail-coverts.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 68 to 79 mm., with the smallest and biggest birds occurring in China; culmen about 13, rarely 15 mm.
Distribution. Apparently breeding in Eastern Siberia and wintering in South China, Burma, Assam, and Eastern Bengal to Nepal and Sikkim. Two specimens from the An damans are of this form.
Nidification and Habits. Those of the species. Stevens found this race common in the plains of North Lakhimpur in Winter, haunting the grass-lands and vast swampy reed-beds of that district.