1079. Chaetura sylvatica

1079. Chaetura sylvatica.

The White-rumped Spine-tail.

Acanthylis sylvatica, Tickell, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 284 (1846) ; Jerdon, B. I. i, p. 170; id. Ibis, 1871, p. 354; Blanford, J. A. S. B. xxxviii, pt. 2, p. 169; Hume, J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2, p. 114; Ball, S. F. iii, p. 289; Walden, Ibis, 1876, p. 356. Chaetura sylvatica, Sclater, P. Z. S. 1865, p. 614; Ball, S. F. vii, p. 202 ; Hume, Cat. no. 95; Davison, S. F. x, p. 346; Hartert, Cat. B. M. xvi, p. 489.

Coloration. Upper parts black or blackish brown, with slight green gloss ; a broad white band across the rump ; chin, throat, and breast greyish brown; abdomen and lower tail-coverts white, the two colours passing into each other; wing beneath blackish and glossy. In young birds the white feathers of the rump, abdomen, and lower tail-coverts have black shafts.

Bill, legs, and feet black; iris dark brown.

Length about 4.25 ; tail 1.5; wing 4.2 ; tarsus .4. The under tail-coverts extend nearly to the end of the tail.

Distribution. The forest country from Bengal to the Godavari and west as far as the Wyne Gunga, also Seoni in the Central Provinces, Garhwal and Sikhim in the Himalayas, the Wynaad, and Coonoor in the Nilgiris. Widely spread but local.

Habits, &c. A forest species, generally seen in smaller or larger parties hawking insects amongst high trees, especially near streams, or frequenting open cultivated spaces in the jungle. The flight is not, I should say, much more rapid than that of the Palm-Swift. Nidification unknown.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
1079. Chaetura sylvatica
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1079
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
174
Common name: 
White Rumped Spine Tail
M_ID: 
7607
M_CN: 
White-rumped Spinetail
M_SN: 
Zoonavena sylvatica
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
1502

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