593. Niltava grandis

593. Niltava grandis.

The Large Niltava.

Chaitaris grandis, Blyth J. A. S. B. xi, p. 189 (1842). Niltava grandis (Blyth), Blyth, Cat. p. 174; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 288; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 476; Hume, N. & E. p. 215 ; Hume & Dav. S. E. vi, p. 232; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 464 ; Hume, Cat. no. 316; id. S. F. xi, p. 113 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 297; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 18.

The Large Fairy Blue-Chat, Jerd.; Margong, Lepch.

Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, rump, upper tail-coverts, lesser and median wing-coverts, and a large patch on each side of the neck brilliant cobalt-blue; back and scapulars purplish blue; middle tail-feathers purplish blue, the others brown on the inner web and blue on the outer; greater coverts and quills black, narrowly edged with blue; feathers at base of upper mandible, lores, sides of the head, chin, throat, and upper breast black ; lower breast dull blue; abdomen bluish ashy, the under tail-coverts fringed with whitish.

Female. Forehead, lores, round the eye, ear-coverts, and checks fulvous, with pale shafts; crown and nape ashy brown ; a patch on each side of the neck bright blue; back and rump fulvous-brown ; tail and wings dark brown, with the outer webs suffused with deep rufous ; the whole lower plumage rich olive-brown, the feathers of the throat and breast with whitish shafts; the middle of the chin and throat clear buff, and of the abdomen ashy; under wing-coverts and axillaries buff.

The young nestling is dark brown, streaked with fulvous ; wings and tail as in the female.

Iris deep brown ; in the male the bill is black, the legs and feet black or very dark plumbeous ; in the female the bill is brownish black, the legs, feel, and claws fleshy-pink (Hume & Davison).

Length about 8.5; tail 3.6; wing 4.2; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .1.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Nepal to the Daphla hills in Assam from 4000 to 7000 feet elevation; the Khasi and Naga hills; Manipur; Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim.

Habits, &c. Breeds from April to June, constructing a nest of moss in a cleft of a rock or of a tree-trunk, and laying four eggs, which are pale buff freckled with pinkish brown, and measure about .9 by .7.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
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593. Niltava grandis
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Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Large Niltava
Large Niltava
Niltava grandis
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