1049. Caridagrus concretus.
The Sumatran Kingfisher.
Dacelo concreta, Temm. PL Col. pl. 346 (1825). Halcyon varia, Eyton, P. Z. S. 1839, p. 101. Todirhamphus varius, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 11; id. Cat. p. 47. Halcyon concreta, Sharpe, Mon. Ale. p. 219, pl. 83 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 76; Hume, Cat. no. 131 his; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 84; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xvii, p. 285. Caridagrus concreta, Cab. & Heine, Mus. Hein. ii, p. 161.
Coloration. Male. Crown and nape deep green, paler, brighter, and sometimes bluer on the nuchal border; the lores and a band from them, including the eye, passing above the ear-coverts and round the nape black, forming a border to the green crown ; a ferruginous supercilium extending to the lores in front and to above the ear-coverts behind ; another ferruginous band from the gape including the ear-coverts and extending to the broad collar round the hind neck, which is of the same colour but deeper in tint; a broad blue cheek-stripe below the ferruginous band; a narrow black collar behind the ferruginous collar; interscapular region, scapulars, and upper surface of wings and tail deep blue : wing-coverts and scapulars with brighter edges ; middle of lower back, of rump, and generally of upper tail-coverts bright pale cobalt-blue; sides of lower back and rump black; quills black, except basal parts of outer webs above, which are blue, and the inner borders, which are buff; lower surface of tail-feathers also black; lower parts ferruginous, whitish or white in middle of abdomen and on lower tail-coverts.
Female. Back and wings above dull green, with pale buff spots on the scapulars and wing-coverts. Young males have similar pale spots, although except in being duller the plumage resembles that of adults of the same sex. Nestlings of both sexes resemble adults of the same sex.
Bill above black, lower mandible and edges of upper chrome-yellow ; irides deep brown ; legs chrome-yellow (Davison).
Length about 9.6; tail 2.5; wing 4.5, tarsus .75; bill from gape 2.4.
Distribution. Malay Peninsula with the extreme south of Tenasserim, Sumatra and Borneo.
Habits, &c. According to Davison this Kingfisher is not found near water, but in thick forest, and lives on lizards and large wood-lice.