1005. Calorhamphus hayi.
The Brown Barbet.
Bucco hayi, Gray, Zool. Misc. p. 33 (1831). Megarhynchus hayii, Blyth, Cat. p. 69; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, Calorhamphus lathami, Marshall, Mon. Cap. p. 179, pl. 72; nec Bucco lathami, Gmel. Calorhamphus hayii, Hume, S. F. iii, p. 319; d. Cat. no. 190 bis ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 149; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 138; Shelley, Cat. B. M. six, p. 50.
Coloration. Upper parts throughout dark brown, the feathers of the crown with black shafts and narrowly edged with rufous, those of the mantle with narrow yellow edges, which are more conspicuous on the upper tail-coverts; these pale fringes disappear with wear; quills and tail-feathers also dark brown, the quills with fulvous inner margins ; sides of head dark brown like the crown, becoming paler and reddish in the malar region ; chin and throat still paler rufous, remainder of lower parts sullied yellowish white.
Bill black in the male, dull reddish brown in the female; irides dull red or brownish red; legs and feet orange, claws black (Davison').
Length 7.25; tail 2; wing 3.25 ; tarsus .85; bill from gape 1.2.
Distribution. From the southernmost part of Tenasserim throughout the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra.
Habits, &c, According to Davison this is a forest bird, usually seen in small parties of three or four, hunting about the branches and leaves of trees, clinging in all positions like a Tit, and feeding on insects as much as fruits. It has a most peculiar note, a low soft whistle.