Dendrophila frontalis, Horsf.
253. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 388 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers,. Vol. IX, p. 391.
THE VELVET-FRONTED BLUE NUTHATCH.
Length, 5 ; extent, 8.5, wing, 3 ; tarsus, 0.9 tail, 1.5.
Bill bright coral-red; orbitar skin: lemon-yellow ; irides light straw-yellow ; legs sienna-yellow.
Above fine coerulean-blue, with a tinge of lilac on the head; forehead deep velvety-black; quills and lateral feathers blackish, the former more or less edged with blue, the latter tipped with white; beneath, delicate lilac-brownish, darkest on the vent and under tail-coverts, and reddish on the flanks; chin and throat white. The male, even in nestling plumage, is distinguished by having a black sincipital streak.
The Velvet-fronted Nuthatch occurs on the Sahyadri Range and in the adjacent forests; it has been found in the jungles west of Belgaum; Savantwadi, and along the Goa frontier; it is Very rare, and has not been obtained in any other portion of our limits.