93. Cyanecula wolfi

93. WHITE-SPOTTED BLUE-THROAT.
CYANECULA WOLFI.
Cyanecula wolfi, C. L. Brehm, Beitr, zur Vogelk, ii. p. 173 (1822) ; Dresser, ii. p. 311, pls. 47, 48, and 50, fig. 1 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 100 ; C. suecica (nec. Linn.) Naumann, ii. p. 414, Taf. 75, figs. 3, 4 ; Sylvia cyanecula, Wolf. Taschenb. i. p. 240 (1810) ; (Seebohm), Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 311 ; C. leucocyana, C. L. Brehm, Vog. Deutschl., p. 353 (1831) Gould, B. of Gt. Brit. ii. pl. 50.
Fauvette Gorge bleue, French ; Pisco de peito azul, Portug. ; Garganti azul, Span. ; Peti-azurro a macchia bianca, Ital. ; Blaauw borstje, Dutch.
Male ad. (Spain). Upper parts clove-brown, lores and ear-coverts dark brown ; eye-stripe buffy white ; wings, middle tail feathers, and terminal portion of other tail feathers dark brown, and the basal portion chestnut ; cheeks, chin, throat, and upper breast rich ultramarine blue, with a large central white patch occasionally altogether blue, bordered below with black and then with bay ; rest of under parts, axillaries, and under wing- coverts buffy white ; bill, legs, and iris brown. Culmen 0.65, wing 3.1, tail 2.35, tarsus 1.1 inch. The female is paler, and has the under parts buffy white with a dark brown band across the breast, but old females have blue markings on the throat and breast. Young birds resemble the female, but the nestling is striped like a young robin, and has the base of all but the central tail feathers bay. In the autumn the feathers have grey tips.
Hab. Central Europe west to Holland ; southern and south¬western Europe on passage, wintering in Asia Minor, Palestine, and North Africa ; Asia as far east as India.
In habits and song it does not differ from G. suecica, and its nest and eggs are like those of that species but are sometimes darker or paler. C. abbotti Richmond, (Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus. xviii. p. 484-1896), from Ladak is, I should say, referable to the present species, but I have not had an opportunity of examining a specimen.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
93. Cyanecula wolfi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
93
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
61
Common name: 
White Spotted Blue Throat
M_ID: 
28137
M_CN: 
Bluethroat
M_SN: 
Luscinia svecica
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
11105

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