103. Nemura cyanura

103. Redflanked Bluetail.
Nemura cyanura (Pall.), Reis. Russ. Reichs. ii. App. p. 709 (1773) ; (Midd.) Sib. Reis. ii. p. 177, tab. 15, fig. 5, (pull) ; Dresser, ii. p. 355, pl. 55 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. iv. p. 255 ; Tacz. F.O. Sib. O. p. 343.
Male ad. (E. Siberia). Upper parts and sides of head greyish blue washed with cobalt on the rump and upper tail-coverts ; quills brown externally margined with blue ; a shoulder patch cobalt ; tail blue ; a broad eye-stripe white narrowly edged above with blue ; feathers in front of the eye blackish ; under parts creamy white, flanks bright orange ; bill black ; legs reddish brown ; iris brown. Culmen 0.45, wing 3.15, tail 2.5, tarsus 0.9 inch. The female is olivaceous brown above washed with blue on the shoulders and rump ; tail blackish grey margined with blue ; sides of head and neck brown marked with buff ; forehead and eye-streak buff ; under parts dull white, the throat tinged with buff, the breast with brownish grey, and the flanks are orange-rufous. The male often breeds in immature plumage, in which it differs but little from the female. The young are spotted like those of the Redbreast.
Hab. The Perm Government, west of the Ural to Eastern Siberia, China, and Japan, as far north as the Yenesei and Udskoi-Ostrog and as far south as Mongolia, wintering probably in south China.
In its habits it is said to be as tame and confiding as a Red┬Čbreast, to which it bears some resemblance, but has no affinity at all with the Flycatchers with which it has been united. It frequents woods, groves, and gardens, as well as bush-covered plains, and is also found in the mountains. Its call-note is short and sharp, resembling the syllables keke, keke. The nest is placed on the ground amongst the stones well concealed amongst the herbage, but I do not find any description of its eggs. Young birds fully fledged were obtained at Udskoi-Ostrog on the 15th July.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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103. Nemura cyanura
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H. E. Dresser
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Redflanked Bluetail
Red-flanked Bluetail
Tarsiger cyanurus
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