881. Chalcostetha pectoralis.
Nectarinia pectoralis, Temm. Pl. Col. pl. 138, fig. 3 (1823). Nectarinia insignis, Jard. Naturalist's Libr., Sun-birds, p. 274 (1843). Nectarinia insignis, Gould, P. Z. S. 1865, p. 663. Chalcostetha insignis (Jard.), Walden, Ibis, 1870, p. 44; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 319 ; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xxv, 87, pl. 30; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 183 ; Hume, Cat. no. 231 ter; Gadaw, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 12. Chalcostetha insperata, Hume, S. F. iii, p. 320 (1875). Chalcostetha pectoralis (Temm.), Oates, B. B. i, p. 317.
Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, and nape metallic green; lores, sides of the head, and back black; scapulars, lesser and median wing-coverts, lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts metallic green suffused with lilac; greater coverts and quills dark brown margined with purple ; tail deep blue margined with metallic purple; chin and throat metallic copper-colour, surrounded by lilac-purple, which colour also covers the whole breast; pectoral tufts bright yellow; abdomen, sides of the body, and under tail-coverts dull brownish black.
Female. Forehead, crown, and nape brown, edged with grey; upper plumage dull olive-green ; quills brown, edged with the colour of the back ; tail black, ail but the median pair of feathers tipped white; feathers round the eye, sides of the head, chin, and throat pale grey ; breast, abdomen, and sides of the body yellow; vent and under tail-coverts pale yellowish white.
The young resemble the female, and the young male moults into adult plumage at the first autumn.
Legs and feet black or bluish black ; bill black ; iris dark brown (Hume & Davison).
Length about 5.5 ; tail 2.1; wing 2.3; tarsus .55; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. The extreme southern point of Tenasserim and Patoe Island, extending down the Malay peninsula to the islands.