193. Brachypteryx albiventris.
The White-bellied Short-wing.
Callene albiventris, Fairbank, Blanf. P. Z. S. 1867, p. 833, pl. 39; id. J. A. S. B. xxxviii, pt. ii, p. 179; Jerd. Ibis, 1872, p. 132; Hume, N. & F. p. 220; Fairbank, 8. F. v, p. 402, vii, p. 35; Hume, Cat. no. 339 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 15 ; Terry, S. F. x, p. 473. Brachypteryx albiventris (Fairb.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 128.
Coloration. Lores and a narrow frontal band deep black; above these a band of bluish white; centre of abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts white ; with these exceptions the whole plumage and the exposed parts of the closed wings and tail are dark slaty blue.
Bill black; feet leaden black; iris buff (Fairbanh).
Length about 6.5; tail 2.6 ; wing 3.2; tarsus 1.15; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The Palni hills and Southern Travancore from 1000 feet upwards.
Habits, &c. According to Fan-bank these birds live in thickets and are hard to discover. At the breeding-season the males have a sweet song. The breeding-season is May and June. The nest is placed in a hole of a tree or bank and is made of moss. The eggs, generally two in number, are greyish green, thickly covered with brown marks. They measure about .93 by .63.