Genus RHIPIDURA

The genus Rhipidura is a very extensive one, and contains four Indian Flycatchers. In these birds the bill is large, about twice as long as broad, and the rictal bristles are very numerous and long. The tail is very ample and rounded. The sexes are alike or nearly so.

These Flycatchers are abundant everywhere and are resident. They are very lively, constantly on the move, and frequently seen with outspread tail dancing from branch to branch. They make small and very beautiful nests covered with cobwebs.

Key to the Species.

a. Forehead and sides of the crown broadly white………………….R. albifrontata, p. 52.
b. Forehead black; a small white supercilium.
a1. Abdomen black………………….R. albicollis, p. 53.
b1. Abdomen white or whitish.
a2. Outer tail-feathers distinctly and abruptly tipped white………………….R. javanica, p. 54.
b2. Outer tail-feathers merely paler towards the tips………………….R. pectoralis, p. 55.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus RHIPIDURA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
52
M_ID: 
19673
M_SN: 
Rhipidura
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
825

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