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.