887. Aethopyga ignicauda

887. Aethopyga ignicauda.

The Fire-tailed Fellow-backed Sunbird.

Cinnyris ignicaudus, Hodgs. Ind. Rev. ii, p. 273 (1837). Nectarinia ignicauda (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 223. Aethopyga ignicauda (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 734; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 365 ; Wold. Ibis, 1870, p. 36; Blanford, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 44; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 156; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xx, 45, pl. 15; Hume, Cat. no. 228; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 25.

The Fire-tailed Red Honey-sucker, Jerd.

Coloration. Male. Forehead and crown metallic blue ; sides of the crown, nape, hind neck, sides of the neck, back, scapulars, upper tail-coverts, and middle pair of tail-feathers crimson; remainder of tail brown, margined with crimson or rufous exteriorly; rump yellow; wings brown, each feather edged with olive-yellow; scapulars greenish ; chin and throat purple, changing to steel-blue at the sides; lores and ear-coverts dull black; breast yellow suffused in the middle with crimson; remainder of lower plumage dull greenish yellow.

Female. General colour green, the crown-feathers with concealed dark centres, the rump and upper tail-coverts margined with greenish yellow; wings dark brown margined with yellowish; middle tail-feathers yellowish brown, the others blackish on the inner web and green on the outer, and obsoletely tipped pale; throat and breast tinged with ashy; middle of abdomen rather bright yellow.

Bill and legs black; iris dark brown (Hume Coll.)

Male: length about 8; tail 5 ; wing 2.3 ; tarsus .65 ; bill from gape .85 ; the middle pair of tail-feathers are 2.7 longer than the next pair. Female: length about 5; tail 1.6 ; wing 2.2; the outermost tail-feathers fall short of tip of tail by -5.

Distribution. Nepal; Sikhim ; Bhutan ; the Khasi hills ; the Naga hills; Manipur. Hume records this species from Kumaun and Garhwal and also from Sylhet and Cachar ; but I have seen no specimens from these localities. Blanford observed this bird in Sikhim at 11,000 feet.

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: 
887. Aethopyga ignicauda
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Fire Tailed Fellow Backed Sunbird
Fire-tailed Sunbird
Aethopyga ignicauda
Vol. 2

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