(690) Terpsiphone paradisi leucogaster.
The Himalayan Paradise Flycatcher .
Muscipeta leucogaster Swains, Nat. Lib., xiii, p. 205 (June 1838) (from Lady Dalhousie's Coll.).
Vernacular names. Shah Bulbul (Hind.).
Description. Birds of both sexes in the chestnut plumage are pale and can be distinguished from all other races of T. paradisi by this character.
Young males which have assumed the wholly black head whilst still in chestnut plumage have the breast pure white, strongly contrasting with the black and with no intermediate area of ashy-grey as in typical paradisi.
Distribution. Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Kashmir and the Himalayas, East to Assam, North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification:. Similar to that of the other races in every respect. Fifty eggs average 20.1 x 14.9 mm.: maxima 21.0 x 14.4 and 20.4 x 15.2 mm.; minima 19.3 x 14.9 and 19.7 x 14.0 mm. The usual breeding-season is May and June, though a few birds breed in April.
Habits. The present race of Paradise Flycatcher is found between 3,000 and 6,000 feet and less often up to 8,000 ft. It is probably locally migratory, to the extent that it moves from the higher to the lower hills in winter.