Upper parts bluish ash: throat and breast black: rump and under tail-coverts red: second quill equal to the seventh.
S. Tithys, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. 1. p. 218. Phoenicura Tithys, Jard. and Selb. Orn. pl. 86. figs. 1 and 2. Black Red-tail, Lath. Syn. vol. 11. p. 426. Tithys Redstart, Selb. Illust. vol. 1. p. 193. pl. D. f. 1, 2.
Entire length five inches three lines. Temm.
(Male). Upper parts bluish ash: space between the eye and the bill, cheeks, throat and breast, deep black, passing into bluish ash on the belly and sides: rump and under tail-coverts rust-red; the two middle tail feathers brown; the others red: lower part of the abdomen whitish: greater wing-coverts edged with pure white. (Female). Upper and under parts cinereous, dull above, brighter beneath, passing into whitish on the lower part of the abdomen: quills and wing-coverts dusky, edged with cinereous gray: rump, tail, and under tail-coverts reddish, not so bright as in the male. (Egg). White: long. diam. ten lines; trans, diam. seven lines.
First added to the British Fauna by Mr Gould, who obtained a specimen which was shot at Kilburn, near London, Oct. 25, 1829. (See Zool. Journ. vol. v. p. 102). Two other individuals were procured during the Summer of 1830, one near Bristol, the other at Brighton. Common on some parts of the Continent. Habits said to resemble those of the last species.
(3. Salicaria, Selby).