Cypsellus melba

Cypsellus melba, Lin.

98. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 175 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 379 ; Guzerat, Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 453 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 104.

THE ALPINE SWIFT.

Length, 9 ; expanse, 19.5; wing, 8.5 ; tail (moderately forked) 3.

Bill blackish; irides deep-brown; legs and toes livid-purple.

Above wood-brown, glossed with purple on the back; wings somewhat darker; beneath the chin, throat, and abdomen white ; a wide pectoral band brown ; sides of the rump, tarsal plumes, and under tail-coverts also brown.

The Alpine Swift only occurs as a somewhat rare cold weather visitant to most parts of the region, but is rather more common in the more hilly districts.

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: 
Cypsellus melba
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
85
Common name: 
Alpine Swift
M_ID: 
7706
M_CN: 
Alpine Swift
M_SN: 
Tachymarptis melba
Term name: 
id: 
11296

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