655. Ianthia indica.
The White-browed Bush-Robin.
Sylvia indica, Vieill. N. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xi, p. 207 (1817). Nemura flavo-olivacea, Hodgs. P. Z. S. 1845, p. 27. Tarsiger superciliaris, Hodgs., Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 76; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 311; Hume, Cat. no. 510. Erythaca flavo-olivacea, Blyth, Cat. p. 171. Ianthia superciliaris (Hodgs.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 148 ; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xii, pt. ii, p. 161. Tarsiger indicus ( Vieill.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 259.
The Rufous-bellied Bush-Chat, Jerd.
Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage dull slaty blue ; a very well-defined supercilium from the point of the forehead to the nape white ; lores and in front and under the eye black ; sides of the head blackish blue; coverts and quills dark brown, edged with olive-yellow, the coverts next the body more or less suffused with blue ; tail black, suffused with blue on the outer webs ; lower plumage orange-rufous, the sides of the throat mottled with white and the middle of the abdomen whitish.
Female. The whole upper plumage olive-brown, tinged with fulvous on the rump; a partially-concealed white supercilium extending to the nape ; sides of the head anil a ring round the eye ochraceous, mottled with whitish; wings and tail brown, edged with the colour of the back; entire lower plumage ochraceous, tinged with rufous on the breast and paler on the abdomen.
I have not been able to examine a young bird of this species.
Bill black ; legs pale horny-brown ; iris brown (Jerdon).
Length about 6; tail 2.9; wing 3.2; tarsus 1.15; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim, extending into "Western China. There are few birds about which so little is known as this species.