648. Cyanecula wolfi.
The White-spotted Blue-throat.
Motacilla suecica, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 336, part. (1766). Sylvia cyanecula, Wolf, Taschenb. i, p. 240 (1810). Sylvia wolfii, Brehm, Beitr. zur Vogelk. ii, p. 173 (1822). Cyanecula leucocyana, Brehm, Vog. Deutschl. p. 353 (1831). Cyanecula wolfii (Brehm), Hume, S. F. vii, p. 391 ; id. Cat. no. 514 bis. Cyanecula leucocyanea, Brehm, Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 65 ; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 447 ; Biddulph, Ibis, 1882, p. 278. Erithacus cyaneculus (Wolf), Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 311.
Coloration. Resembles C. suecica, the male differing from the male of that species in having the patch on the throat white instead of chestnut, or in wanting a spot altogether. The females and young of the two species appear to be inseparable.
Distribution. A rare visitor to the extreme north of Kashmir, occasionally straggling even to the plains. Biddulph secured a specimen in Gilgit in April, and he records this species as very common on both sides of the Digar pass, between the Nubra and Indus valleys. In the Hume Collection there is a specimen which was obtained in Tirhoot in April, and Hume states that he has seen some half-dozen specimens from various parts of India.
The headquarters of this Blue-throat are Europe in the summer, and North Africa and Palestine in the winter.