104. Nemura rufilata

104. SUBSP. NEMURA RUFILATA.
Nemura rufilata (Hodgs.) P.Z.S. p. 27 (1845) ; N. cyanura, (nec. Pall.) ; Dresser, ii. p. 355, pl. 55 (male ad. desc. and fig.) ; (Seebohm), Cat.
B. Br. Mus. v. p. 256 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 106.
Male ad. (Sikhim). Upper parts and sides of neck and head deep Prussian blue washed with bright ultramarine on the shoulders and rump ; tail deep Prussian blue ; lores blackish ; a broad streak over the eye, rich ultramarine ; under parts white ; flanks orange rufous ; bill and legs black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.5, wing 3.4, tail 2.8, tarsus 0.88 inch. The female resembles that of N. cyanura but has the rump greenish blue, the sides of head and neck and flanks ochreous and a patch of orange chestnut on each side of the body.
Hab. Himalayas from Gilgit and Kashmir to Sikkim ; the Khasi Hills ; Tipperah ; Manipur, ranging into Mongolia. In the summer it is found up to 11,000 feet, wintering at lower levels.
In habits it does not differ from N. cyanura, of which indeed it is but a richly coloured southern form. It breeds in May and June, placing its nest, which is constructed of moss and grass, in holes in banks and under tree-roots, and in June depositing 4 eggs, which vary from uniform white to white distinctly spotted with pale reddish brown, and measure about 0.71 by 0.56

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
104. Nemura rufilata
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
104
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
69
M_ID: 
28188
M_CN: 
Himalayan Bluetail
M_SN: 
Tarsiger rufilatus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10879

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