Ceyx tridactylus, Pallas.
133. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 229 ; Butler, Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 383.
THE THREE-TOED PURPLE KINGFISHER.
Length, 5 to 5.5 ; expanse, 8; wing, 2.25; tail, 0.75; bill at front, 1.25.
Bill fine coral-red; irides brown; legs and feet red.
Head rufous, with a lilac gloss, a violet spot behind the ear, and a white patch below that; a small dark blue patch at the base of the bill; interscapulars and wings deep blue, the quills black; back dark blue, with some lustrous blue streaks; lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts, rich rufous, with a lilac shine on the middle; cheeks and lower parts ferruginous, paler on lower belly ; chin and throat white.
The Three-toed Purple Kingfisher was observed by Major Butler at Khandalla, and has been recorded from other parts of the Deccan, but it is very rare, and only occurs along the banks of the mountain streams that issue from the more densely-wooded parts of the Sahyadri range.