Genus MUSCITREA

The genus Muscitrea contains one Indian species the position of which is somewhat doubtful. The British Museum does not contain a nestling bird of this species, but judging from the circumstance that a few birds have the wing-coverts margined with rufous, as is the case with so many young Thrushes and Flycatchers, I incline to the belief that the nestling will prove to be spotted. The presence of numerous long hairs over the nostrils further induces me to place this species in its present position.

In Muscitrea the sexes are alike; the bill is strong, deep, and much compressed laterally ; the wing is rather long and straight, and the first primary is large, being more than half the length of the second; the tail is square, and the plumage brown.

There is but little on record about the habits of this bird. The one I observed in Pegu was solitary and silent, and was perched on a stalk of elephant-grass.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus MUSCITREA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
30
M_ID: 
27730
M_SN: 
Muscicapa
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
793

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