192. Arrenga blighi

192. Arrenga blighi.

The Ceylon Arrenga.

Arrenga blighi, Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 444, pl. 19; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 378 ; id. Cat. no. 343 ter. Myiophoneus blighi (Holdsw.), Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 463, pl. 20, figs. 1, 2; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 13.

Coloration. The adult male has entire head and neck black ; back, scapulars, breast, and abdomen dull blue; region of the vent brown; rump and upper tail-coverts russet-brown ; tail brown, edged on the outer webs with rufous ; lesser wing-coverts cobalt-blue; the other coverts and the quills dark brown, narrowly edged with bluish.

A younger male has the whole plumage ferruginous, lighter below, and the back and scapulars suffused with a tinge of blue; the upper tail-coverts brighter ferruginous; tail brown, edged with ferruginous ; lesser wing-coverts cobalt-blue as in the adult; the other coverts and the quills brown, edged with ferruginous.

The nestling, according to Holdsworth, is brown, darker on the upper surface and more rufous below; the feathers of the forehead, throat, and breast centred with yellow-brown an indication of blue on the carpal joint.

According to Legge the adult female is similar to the adult male, but has the wing-spot lighter in colour, and at the same time of a brighter tint than in the male.

Iris brown ; bill, legs, and feet black (Legge).

Length about 8; tail 3.1; wing 4.1; tarsus 1.4; bill from . gape 1.2.

There are only two skins of this rare bird in the British Museum. One is evidently an adult male, and the other apparently a young male with traces of blue appearing on the back and scapulars. Both birds are described above.

Distribution. Ceylon, where this bird is found in dense vegetation on the hills.

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: 
192. Arrenga blighi
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Ceylon Arrenga
Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush
Myophonus blighi
Vol. 1
Term name: 

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