Leucocerca leucogaster

Leucocerca leucogaster, Guv.

293. :- Leucocerca pectoralis, Jerd. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 453 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 293 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 396.

THE WHITE-SPOTTED FANTAIL.

Length, 7 ; wing, 3 ; tail, 4; tarsus, 0.38; bill at front, 0.3.

Bill black; irides dark-brown ; legs black.

Above, the whole head black, with a narrow white supercilium ; the rest of the upper plumage brownish-dusky; wings dusky; the coverts very slightly tipped with albescent; tail dusky, all but the middle feathers passing gradually into dirty-whitish towards their extremity ; beneath, the throat and belly white; the under tail-coverts edged with rufous; the sides of the throat, and the whole breast, black, the middle of the latter marked with oval white spots.

The White-spotted Fantail Fly-catcher is found in various parts of the Deccan; it is also common at Mount Aboo ; it is a permanent resident, and breeds during March and April. The nest is placed in a fork of some low thick bush, generally a couranda bush, and is a neat, well-made cup, composed of grass stems, and coated on the exterior with cobwebs ; the sides are nowhere more than a quarter of an inch in thickness, but the bottom is often continued to a point. The eggs, three in number, are broad ovals in shape, of a buffy-white color, with a zone of lavender and brownish spots towards the larger end.

They measure 0.67 inches in length by about 0.52 in breadth.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Leucocerca leucogaster
Spp Author: 
Guv.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
161
Common name: 
White Spotted Fantail
M_ID: 
19693
M_CN: 
White-spotted Fantail
M_SN: 
Rhipidura albogularis
id: 
11518

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