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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
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
Page No: 
Common name: 
White Bellied Short Wing
White-bellied Blue Robin
Myiomela albiventris
Vol. 1

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