1131. Centre-pus chlororhynchus.
The Ceylonese Coucal.
Centropus chlororhynchus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 805 (1849) id. Cat. p. 78; id. Ibis, 1867, p. 298; Layard, A. M. N. H. (2) xiii, p. 450; Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 433; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 263, pl. xiii; Shelley, Cat. B. M. xix, p. 342. Centrococcyx chlororhynchus, Hume, S. F. vii, p. 372; id. Cat. no. 217 ter.
Coloration. Head, body, and tail black, glossed with purple, passing on the neck, upper back, and breast into coppery bronze; wings, coverts, scapulars, and interscapulars deep bay, tips of quills dusky; wing-lining blackish. The young does not differ in colour.
Bill pale apple-green; inside of mouth black; iris deep red or dull crimson; legs and feet black ; claws dusky (Legge).
Length about 17; tail 9.5 ; wing 6.4; tarsus 1.9; bill from gape 1.7.
Distribution. Throughout the forests of the South-west hill region of Ceylon.
Habits, &c. Very similar to those of C. sinensis, but this species appears, from Captain Legge's account, to frequent thicker and damper forest and to have a rather different note. The call of the male is a sonorous long-drawn hoo-whoop, whoop, which can be heard with distinctness for many miles around, and by which the presence of the bird is easily detected. There is also a peculiar monosyllabic sound made by both sexes. The breeding-season is from about April or May till July.