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.