888. Aethopyga gouldiae

888. Aethopyga gouldiae.

Mrs. Gould's Yellow-backed Sun-bird.

Cinnyris gouldiae, Vigors, P. Z. S. 1831, p. 44; Gould, Cent. pi. 56. Nectarinia gouldiae ( Vigors), Blyth, Cat. p. 223. Aethopyga gouldiae (Vigors), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 733; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 364; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 23; Wald. Ibis, 1870, p. 35 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 156 ; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xx, xxii, 41, pl. 14; Hume, Cat. no. 227; Oates, B. B. i, p. 315 ; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 27; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 81.

The Purple-tailed Red Honey-sucker, Jerd.

Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, chin, throat, and the posterior part of the ear-coverts coppery red or burnished purple according to the light; lores blackish; a line of feathers over the lores, cheeks, sides of the head and neck, lesser wing-coverts, back, and scapulars crimson ; rump yellow ; upper tail-coverts rich purple or violet; basal three quarters of the median tail-feathers bright purple, terminal quarter brown ; the other rectrices brown, tinged with purple on the outer web and tipped with whitish; greater coverts and quills dark brown, edged with yellowish brown; lower plumage bright yellow; the breast more or less streaked with crimson; the sides of the breast crimson, with a patch of bright purple below the ear-coverts; under wing-coverts and axillaries whitish.

Female. Upper plumage light green, the feathers of the crown with brown centres ; rump sulphur-yellow; tail brown edged with olive-green, the lateral feathers broadly tipped with whitish; quills brown edged with green ; the whole lower plumage yellowish green.

Bill blackish brown ; iris reddish chocolate-brown ; tarsus deep brown ; toes a little paler (Hume).

Male: length about 6; tail 3; wing 2.1 ; tarsus .55 ; bill from gape .7. Female : tail 1.4 ; wing 2 ; bill from gape .65.

Distribution. The Himalayas from the Sutlej valley to Sikhim, up to 10,000 feet; the Khasi hills ; the Naga hills ; Manipur; Arrakan. This last locality I give on the authority of Blyth. Hume gives this species from Hill Tipperah and Chittagong, but there are no specimens in his collection from these localities.

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: 
888. Aethopyga gouldiae
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Mrs Goulds Yellow Backed Sun Bird
Mrs. Gould's Sunbird
Aethopyga gouldiae
Vol. 2
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