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.