Dendrophila frontalis

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.

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: 
Dendrophila frontalis
Spp Author: 
Horsf.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
140
Common name: 
Velvet Fronted Blue Nuthatch
M_ID: 
26448
M_CN: 
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
M_SN: 
Sitta frontalis
Term name: 
id: 
11459

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