Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Ficedula strophiata
Orange-gorgeted Flycatcher
Ficedula strophiata

21st Mar, 2007
Possible regional races (polytypic)
-F. s. strophiata
Ficedula strophiata strophiata
Rudraprayag, Uttaranchal, India, 10th Mar, 2007.
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Male: Bill black; irides dark brown; feet dark horny brown; claws black.

Female: Bill black; gape fleshy whitish; irides dark brown; feet dingy brownish. This specimen differs from the males in being browner above, with the frontal band narrower; and the colours of the under surface are less intense.

The Orange-gorgeted Flycatcher is not common in the Nepal Valley. I obtained it in March, in the thorny rose-hedges, about the Residency grounds; and towards the end of May it was found on the Sheopuri Ridge, at about 7,000 feet, solitary or in pairs, in thick small-tree forest where the ground was very damp.


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