221. Siva cyanuroptera.
The Blue-winged Siva.
Siva cyanouroptera, Hodgs. Ind. Bev. 1838, p. 88; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 253; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 109 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 393; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 82; Hume, Cat. no. 617; Sadly, S. F. viii, p. 319; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 640; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 248; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 138. Leiothrix cyanouroptera (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 99; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 366.
The Blue-winged Hill-Tit, Jerd.; Megblim adum, Lepch.
Coloration, Forehead, crown, nape, and hind neck pale blue, the sides of the crown deeper blue, the forehead and the anterior part of the crown streaked with brown; lores, round the eyes, and a broad streak behind the eye white; back, scapulars, wing-coverts, rump, and upper tail-coverts bright ochraceous; the median pair of tail-feathers wholly blue, with a subterminal black patch and tipped white; the next four pairs with the outer webs blue, the inner brown margined with white, subterininally black and tipped white; the outermost pair black on the outer, entirely white on the inner web ; primary wing-coverts black ; winglet cobalt-blue, tipped white; primaries cobalt-blue on the outer webs; secondaries with outer webs margined with pale blue and tipped white; tertiaries blackish on the inner, bluish grey on the outer webs, and tipped white; ear-coverts, cheeks, sides of the neck, chin, throat, breast, and sides of the body delicate vinous grey; middle of abdomen pale yellowish buff; vent and under tail-coverts white.
Bill grey-horny, brownish about the nostrils, and the base of the lower mandible yellow; iris brown ; feet fleshy; claws horny brown (Scully).
Length about 6 ; tail 2.6; wing 2.4; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Naini Tal to the Daphla hills in Assam; the Khasi and Naga hills; North Cachar; Manipur; occurring from 3000 to 6000 feet or even higher.
Habits, &c. Breeds from April to June, constructing a cup-shaped nest of moss lined with leaves, in a fork of a small tree. The eggs, three or four in number, are greenish blue speckled with red and yellowish brown, and measure .75 by .51.