565. Cyornis hodgsoni

565. Cyornis hodgsoni;

The Rusty-breasted Blue Flycatcher.

Siphia erythacus, Jerd. & Blyth, P. Z. S. 1861, p. 201 (nee Blyth) ; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 480 ; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 458 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 158; Hume, S. F. v, p. 137 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 233, 510; Hume, Cat. no. 322; id. S. F. xi, p. 115. Siphia hodgsonii, Verr. N. Arch. Mus. vi, Bull. p. 34 (1870), vii, p. 29; David, op. cit. ix, pl. 4, fig. Erythrosterna sordida, Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 158 (1874); Hume, S. F. iii, p. 392. Poliomyias hodgsoni (Verr.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 203 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 286.

The Rusty-breasted Flycatcher, Jerd.

Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage slaty blue; lores, cheeks, under the eye, and the upper tail-coverts black; sides of the head and neck slaty blue; wing-coverts brown edged with cyaneous; quills black edged with brown ; tail black, the base of all the feathers except the middle pair white ; chin, throat, breast, and abdomen orange-chestnut; lower abdomen, vent, flanks, and under tail-coverts pale ferruginous.

Female. Upper plumage olive-brown, tinged with fulvous on the upper tail-coverts ; tail brown, edged on the basal half with fulvous-brown; wing-coverts and quills brown edged with fulvous-brown, and the greater coverts tipped with the same ; lores whitish ; a pale ring round the eye; sides of the head olive-brown tinged with rufous ; lower plumage ashy brown, the abdomen whitish.

The young bird is not known.

The legs and feet vary from dusky liver-brown to plain dark brown ; the bill in one bird entirely black, in other two blackish, horny grey on base and lower ridge of rami of lower mandible; iris deep brown (Hume).

Length about 5.5 ; tail 2.2 ; wing 2.8; tarsus .65 ; bill from gape .55.

C. luteola is an allied species found outside our limits and differs chiefly in having a considerable amount of white on the wing-coverts of both sexes. It was to this species that Blyth first applied the name Siphia erythaca (J. A. S. B. xvi, p. 126, 1847). Subsequently he and Jerdon reapplied this name to the Indian species, for which, under these circumstances, the term erythaca cannot be used.

I have examined the types of E. sordida obligingly sent me by Godwin-Austen and I find them to be the females of the present species.

Distribution. Specimens of this species have been obtained in Sikhim (March and April) ; Shillong (no date); Japvo peak, Naga bills, at 6000 feet (January) ; Manipur (February and April); Karen hills near Toungngoo at 4000 feet (January); pine-forests, Sal ween (February); Muleyit mountain (January and February). This Flycatcher extends into China.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
565. Cyornis hodgsoni
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Rusty Breasted Blue Flycatcher
Pygmy Flycatcher
Muscicapella hodgsoni
Vol. 2

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