193. Brachypteryx albiventris

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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
193. Brachypteryx albiventris
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
193
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
185
Common name: 
White Bellied Short Wing
M_ID: 
28179
M_CN: 
White-bellied Blue Robin
M_SN: 
Myiomela albiventris
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
263

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