549. Lantbia eyanura rufilata

(549) Ianthia cyanura rufilata (Hodgs.).
THE NEPAL RED-FLANKED BUSH-ROBIN.
Ianthia cyanura rufilata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 99.
This graceful little Robin is found from Nepal throughout the Outer Himalayas to Eastern Assam, both North and South of the Brahmapootra, extending thence East to the Chin and Kachin Hills, Shan States, Northern Siam and Yunnan. It probably breeds from about 7,000 or 8,000 feet upwards, as it is found in the Naga Hills in Summer at these elevations, but Stevens says that in Sikkim it is a bird of very high elevations and, even in Winter, occurs at over 10,000 feet.
The only nest taken, one by W. P. Masson, was found above Darjiling at about 10,500 feet. It was taken on the 4th June on the Singalila Ridge above Darjiling and was described by him as being a deep cup of dry grass and moss, lined with hair, probably of Serow, as it was very coarse and wiry. It was placed in a small hollow among the roots of a tree on a grassy bank, the female being shot as she was approaching the hole and quite close to it.
The three eggs contained in this nest are just like those of the better-known Kashmir bird. The ground is pure white and they are lightly marked with pale reddish freckles, confined to the larger end.
They measure 20.0 x 13.3, 19.1 x 13.3 and 19.1 x 13.2 mm.
So far as is known at present it is a bird of the forest, but not of the deepest and most humid, though very little has been recorded about its habits or its habitat.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
549. Lantbia eyanura rufilata
Spp Author: 
Hodgs.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
549
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
85
Common name: 
Nepal Red Flanked Bush Robin
M_ID: 
28188
M_CN: 
Himalayan Bluetail
M_SN: 
Tarsiger rufilatus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13723

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