Cyanecula suecica

Cyanecula suecica, Lin.

514. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 152 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 478 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 405; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 147 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 125.


Length, 6.2; expanse, 9.25 ; wing, 3; tail, 2.25; tarsus, 1 ; bill at front, 0.7.

Bill dusky-horn; gape yellow; irides dark-brown; legs brownish.

Above pale olive-brown, the feathers of the crown slightly centred darker, and with a whitish supercilium; lower parts whitish; the under tail-coverts more or less tinged with rufescent ; throat and breast bright shiny azure-blue, the former generally mingled with whitish along the middle, and having a large ferruginous spot in front of the neck ; below, and border ing the azure of the breast, is a narrow blackish band, then a narrow whitish band, and below this again a broad ferruginous band; the upper tail-coverts are brown, mingled with ferruginous ; tail rufous, the two centre feathers, and the tips of all the others, dark-brown.

Young males have much less blue on the throat, which is often confined to a moustachial streak on each side and a comparatively narrow gorget; they have scarcely any tinge of ferruginous on the throat and breast, the former being chiefly of a dull white.

The females have commonly the throat and foreneck dull white, encircled with dusky spots, which are more developed in old females, and these have sometimes a tolerably broad dusky gorget, mingled with a little blue.

The Indian Blue-throat is a fairly common cold weather visitant to all portions of the district, particularly affecting swampy ground.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Cyanecula suecica
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Indian Blue Throat
Luscinia svecica
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