244. Aegithina viridissima

244. Aegithina viridissima.

The Green Iora.

Iora scapularis, Horsf., apud Blyth, Cat. p. 214; apud Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 265 (part.). Iora viridissima, Bonap. Consp. Av. i, p. 397 (1850) ; Hume, S. F. v, p. 427; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 327 ; Hume, Cat. no. 468 ter. Aegithina viridissima (Bp.), Tweedd. Ibis, 1877, p. 304, pl. v; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 6; Oates, B. B. i, p. 201.

Coloration. Male. The whole plumage dark green, becoming yellow on the lower abdomen and vent; lores blackish; feathers immediately above and below the eyes bright yellow; under tail-coverts pure yellow; under wing-coverts white; tail glossy black; wing-coverts black, broadly tipped with white, which forms two wing-bars; quills black, all narrowly edged with green; the tertiaries also broadly edged on both webs with white.

Female. The upper plumage dark green, almost as dark as in the male; the tail green, paler than the back, and narrowly edged with yellow; the lores and sides of the head are greenish yellow, and consequently the yellow edging is not so conspicuous as in the male; the whole lower plumage light yellowish green; wing-coverts brown, broadly tipped and edged with pale yellow; quills blackish brown, edged with greenish yellow.

There is no seasonal change of plumage in either sex, although there are two moults in the year.

Legs and feet plumbeous blue; claws black; lower mandible, gape, and a line on each side of the upper mandible dark plumbeous blue ; rest of upper mandible black or blackish brown; irides dark to reddish brown (Davison).

Length about 5 ; tail 1.8 ; wing 2.4 ; tarsus .7; bill from gape .75.

Distribution. A straggler to the southern portion of Tenasserim. It is found in the Malay peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
244. Aegithina viridissima
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Green Iora
Green Iora
Aegithina viridissima
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