881. Chalcostetha pectoralis

881. Chalcostetha pectoralis.

Maklot's Sun-bird.

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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
881. Chalcostetha pectoralis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Maklots Sun Bird
Vol. 2

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