Aethopyga vigorsi

Aethopyga vigorsi, Sykes.

226. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 363 ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 390.

THE VIOLET-EARED RED HONEY SUCKER.

Male. :- Length, 5.5 ; tail, 2.5,

Female. :- Length, 5 ; tail, 1. Bill black; irides brown.
Head metallic green; nape, neck above, shoulders, and scapulars, deep sanguineous ; lower part of back sulphur-yellow; upper tail-coverts, middle tail-feathers, and outer webs of all the others (except the outermost pair), metallic-green; throat, heck, and breast, scarlet; a stripe on each side from the chin to the breast, shining" violet; ear-spot also violet; wings, lateral tail-feathers; sides of the lower part of the back, and a band below the. breast,' dusky; abdomen grey.

The. female is greenish-olive above; wings and tail darker, lighter beneath.

The Violet-eared Red Honey Sucker only occurs within our limits on the Sahyadri Range and in the adjacent forests as far north as Khandalla, where it is a not uncommon permanent resident.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Aethopyga vigorsi
Spp Author: 
Sykes.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
136
Common name: 
Violet Eared Red Honey Sucker
M_ID: 
29274
M_CN: 
Vigors's Sunbird
M_SN: 
Aethopyga vigorsii
Term name: 
id: 
11440

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