596. Philentoma velatum.
The Maroon-breasted Flycatcher.
Drymophila velata, Temm. Pl. Col. no. 334. Philentoma velatum (Temm.), Blyth, Cat. p. 204 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 392; Hume Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 224, 509; Hume, Cat. no. 289 ter; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 365; Oates, B. B. i, p. 263.
Coloration. Male. General colour indigo-blue; forehead, lores, chin, cheeks, ear-coverts, and round the eye black ; throat and breast rich maroon; quills black, the outer webs broadly margined with indigo-blue, and the tertiaries wholly of this colour, but with the shafts black; median tail-feathers indigo-blue; the others black on the inner web and blue on the outer.
Female. Wholly dull indigo-blue except the wings and tail, which are coloured as in the male.
The nestling has the whole plumage chestnut except the wings and tail, which are the same as in the adult, but all the median and greater wing-coverts are broadly tipped with chestnut. Almost before it is able to leave the nest blue feathers appear on all parts, and probably before the first autumn the full adult plumage is assumed ; but both sexes resemble the adult female at first, the male donning the maroon breast later on.
Legs and feet bluish- or purplish-black; bill black, iris lake to crimson (Hume & Davison).
Distribution. Tenasserim from about Muleyit mountain to the extreme south. This species extends down the Malay peninsula to Sumatra, Java, and Borneo.