Himalayan Bluetail / Tarsiger rufilatus

Himalayan Bluetail / Tarsiger rufilatus

Himalayan Bluetail

SCI Name:  Tarsiger rufilatus
Protonym:  Nemura rufilata Proc.Zool.Soc.London Part XIII, Meeting of April 8, 1845 p. 27
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Muscicapidae /
Taxonomy Code:  himblu1
Type Locality:  central and northern regions of hills, Nepal.
Publish Year:  1845
IUCN Status:  


(Muscicapidae; Ϯ Golden Bush Robin T. chrysaeus) Mod. L. tarsus  leg, shank  < Gr. ταρσος tarsos  flat of the foot; L. -ger  bearing  < gerere  to carry; "Luscinidæ.  ...  Tarsiger chrysæus, [drawing nos.] 408, 409." (Hodgson 1844); “Genus Tarsiger, mihi.  Bill equal to head, straight, subdepressed, feeble, gradually widening from the tip; the upper mandible more than half exceeded by the nareal fosse, and much overlaid by the soft frontal plumes; tip of bill obtuse, and nearly unarmed; gape rather wide and ciliated; wings submedial, round rather than acuminate, firm; fifth quill longest; 4-6 and 3-7 respectively equal; alars and caudals wedged and mucronate; tail medial, rounded; tarse very elevate, slender and smooth; toes ambulant, simple; laterals unequal, hinder rather large; nails large, slender, simple; hind largest.  Exclusively monticolous; dwells in low brushwood solitarily, and is much on the ground, feeding chiefly on small ground insects.   ...   Type, T. chrysæus, mihi” (Hodgson 1845); "Tarsiger Hodgson, 1845, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, p. 28, ex Hodgson, in Gray, 1844, Zool. Misc., p. 83, nom. nud. Type, by monotypy [= original designation], Tarsiger chrysaeus Hodgson." (Ripley in Peters 1964, X, 33). 
Synon. Dorisella, Ianthia, Nemura.

rufilatum / rufilatus
L. rufus red; latus flank, side (cf. erroneous “rufilatus (L) = red hair” (Hockey et al. 2005)).