607. Rhipidura pectoralis.
The White-spotted Fantail Flycatcher.
Leucocerca pectoralis, Jerd. Ill. Ind. Orn. text to plate ii (1847); Blyth, Cat. p. 206 ; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 453 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 203. Muscipeta leucogaster, Cuvier, fide Pucher. Arch. Mus. vii, p. 333 (1854). Rhipidura pectoralis (Jerd.), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 935 (1843); Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 335; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 38. Leucocerca leucogaster (Cuv.), Hume, Cat. no. 293; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 161.
The White-spotted Fantail, Jerd.
Coloration. Resembles R. javanica. Differs in having the breast-band ocellated with white and the outer tail-feathers merely paler towards the tips, not abruptly and broadly pure white.
Iris blackish brown; legs, feet, and bill black (Butler).
Length about 7 ; tail 3.8 ; wing 3; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. Found chiefly and most abundantly in the western portion of India from Abu nearly down to Cape Comorin. To the eastward this species has been found at Raipur (Ball), Chikalda (McMaster), Goona (King), Chanda (Blanford), and a line connecting these localities probably represents its eastern limits. It appears to be found up to 6000 feet or even higher.
Habits, &c. Breeds from April to August, constructing a nest very similar to that of R. albifrontata. The eggs are buffy white, with a zone of brownish spots round the larger end, and measure about .66 by .47.