89. Rhyacornis fuliginosus

89. PLUMBEOUS REDSTART.
RHYACORNIS FULIGINOSUS.
Rhyacornis fuliginosus (Vigors), P.Z.S., 1831, p. 35 ; (Hume and Hen¬derson), Lah. to Yark., p. 212 pl. xv. ; (Sharpe) Cat. B. Br. Mus. iv. p. 253 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 98.
Suradum parbo-pho, Lepch ; Chubbia-nakki, Bhut.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Entire plumage dull plumbeous blue ; the lores blackish blue ; tail, tail-coverts, and vent bright, chestnut ; quills black with bluish margins ; bill black ; legs dark brown ; iris brown. Culmen 0.6, wing 2.9, tail 2.1, tarsus 0.9 inch. The female has the upper parts dull bluish brown ; upper and under tail-coverts, and base of tail white, the terminal portion of the last black ; under parts ashy brown barred with white. The nestling resembles the female, but has the upper parts spotted and streaked with dull white or pale fulvous, and the under parts mottled and barred with brown.
Hab. The Himalayas from Kashmir to Assam, the Khasi Hills, Cachar, Manipur, Arrakan, China, and Mongolia, breeding at altitudes up to 13,000 feet and wintering in the lowlands.
Inhabits mountain streams being always found near water, especially rapids or cascades, and has a habit of expanding its tail frequently. It breeds throughout its range in May and June, and places its nest on a shelf of rock or In the hollow of a bank by the side of a stream, constructing it of moss, fine roots and fibres, lined with hair and wool. The eggs 4 or 5 in number are greenish white thickly mottled with yellowish or reddish brown and measure about 0.76 by 0.60.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
89. Rhyacornis fuliginosus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
89
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
58
Common name: 
Plumbeous Redstart
M_ID: 
28344
M_CN: 
Plumbeous Water Redstart
M_SN: 
Phoenicurus fuliginosus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10655

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