889. Aethopyga dabryi.
Dabry's Yellow-backed Sun-bird.
Nectarinia dabryii, J. Verr. Rev. et Mag. Zool. 1867, p. 173, pl. 15. Aethopyga debrii (J. Verr.), Wald. Ibis, 1870, p. 35. Aethopyga dabryi (J. Verr.), Shelley, Mon. Nect, pp. xx, xxi, 39, pl. 13; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 662; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 180; Hume, Cat. no. 227 bis; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 28 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 314; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) vii, p. 395.
Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, chin, throat, and upper part of ear-coverts metallic purple or lilac according to the light; the nape, sides of the crown, feathers round the eye, sides of the neck, back, scapulars, and lesser and median wing-coverts deep crimson; rump bright yellow ; upper tail-coverts and broad margins to basal two thirds of the middle tail-feathers metallic purple ; remainder of the tail black, the outer three pairs of feathers tipped with dull white; greater coverts and quills brown, edged with yellowish green ; breast scarlet, with a patch of metallic purple on either side; abdomen, vent, sides of the body, and under tail-coverts yellow, tinged with dusky; under wing-coverts and axillaries pale yellow.
Female. Upper plumage olive-green ; the feathers of the crown with dark brown centres; rump pale yellow; tail brown, edged narrowly with olive-green and the three outer pairs of feathers tipped with dull whitish ; quills brown, edged with dull greenish yellow ; the whole lower plumage dull pale green.
Legs and feet dark horny brown ; bill dusky black; irides deep brown (Davison). Iris, bill, and legs brown (Wardlaw Ramsay).
Male: length 5.7; tail 2.6; wing 2.2; tarsus .55; bill from gape .7. Female : length 3.5 ; tail 1.3 ; wing 1.75.
Distribution. The higher portions of Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim ; the Karen hills east of Toungngoo; Karennee ; the hills east of Bhamo, extending into South-western China. Hume is certain that he observed this species in Manipur, but he failed to obtain a specimen. This Sun-bird appears to be a hill-species and to be found only above 4000 feet.