687. Philentoma pyrrhopterum

(687) Philentoma pyrrhopterum.

The Chestnut-winged Flycatcher.

Muscicapa pyrrhoptera Temm. PI. Col., No. 596 (1823) (Borneo). Philentoma pyrrhopterum. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 43.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description.— Adult male. Whole head, neck, upper back and lesser wing-coverts indigo-blue, shading into rufous-grey on the lower back and rump; upper tail-coverts, outer parts of scapulars, greater coverts and visible portions of secondaries chestnut; primary coverts blackish edged with blue; primaries dark brown, all but the two outermost edged with chestnut-brown; lower plumage from breast pale buff, almost white on the abdomen and suffused with grey on the lower breast and flanks.

Colours of soft parts. Iris crimson; bill black; legs and feet purplish blue.

Measurements. Total length about 175 mm.; wing 79 to 86 mm.; tail 68 to 78 mm.; tarsus 15 mm.; culmen 14*5 to 15*5 mm.

Female. The blue of the upper parts replaced by earthy-brown, shaded with bluish on the crown ; below the blue is replaced by rufous-buff, darkest on the breast and albescent on the abdomen

Colours of soft parts. Iris dull red; upper mandible pale horny-brown, lower mandible flesh-colour; legs and feet plumbeous-olive.

Nestling and Young unknown.

Distribution. Peninsular Burma and Siam, throughout the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo. Also Cochin China.

Birds from Siam and Burma are, on the whole, paler below than are those from Borneo and Sumatra but there is no other difference in colour or measurements and they hardly constitute a separable race.

Nidification unknown.

Habits. Similar to those of the preceding bird. They are resident birds wherever found and are restricted to the plains or the foot-hills of the higher ranges.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.2 1924.
Title in Book: 
687. Philentoma pyrrhopterum
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Common name: 
Chestnut Winged Flycatcher
Rufous-winged Philentoma
Philentoma pyrhoptera
Vol. 2

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