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.
THE INDIAN BLUE-THROAT.
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.