640. Ruticilla schisticeps.
The White-throated Redstart.
Ruticilla schisticeps, Hodgs. Cat. Mamm. etc. Nep. Coll. p. 69, App. p. 153 (1846) ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 140 ; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. 2, p. 1, pl. i; Hume, Cat. no. 501; Seebohm, Cat. B. M. v, p. 351. Ruticilla nigrogularis, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 29, pl. xli; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 307; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 140; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 497 ; id. Cat. no. 502.
The Slaty-headed Redstart, Jerd.
Coloration. Male. Forehead and crown cobalt-blue, turning to duller blue on the nape ; feathers at base of upper mandible, sides of the head and neck, chin, throat, back, and scapulars black, the longer scapulars tipped with chestnut, and all the feathers of these black portions of the plumage, and also of the crown, fringed with fulvous after the autumn moult; a well-defined white patch on the throat; rump, upper tail-coverts, and lower plumage rich chestnut, the middle of the abdomen albescent; tail black, all but the middle pair of feathers chestnut on the basal third of their length ; the median wing-coverts, the innermost greater coverts, and the outer margins of tertiaries and later secondaries white; remainder of wings black; under wing-coverts and axillaries black, with broad white tips.
Female. Forehead, crown, nape, back, upper part of rump, scapulars, and sides of neck rich brown ; lower part of rump and upper tail-coverts chestnut; tail dark brown, the basal half of all but the middle pair of feathers dull rufous; wings as in the male, but the black replaced by brown and the white margins narrower; lower plumage pinkish ashy, albescent on the abdomen, and with a large white patch on the throat; under wing-coverts and axillaries brown, tipped white.
Bill and legs black.
Length about 6 ; tail 2.9 ; wing 3.3 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .55.
Distribution. Confined to the higher portions of Nepal and Sikhim and the adjoining parts of Tibet and Central Asia, such as Kansu.