250. Chloropsis chlorocephala.
The Burmese Chloropsis.
Phyllornis cochinchinensis (Lath.), apud Blyth, Cat. p. 213; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 270; xliii, pt. ii, p. 180. Phyllornis chlorocephalus, Walden, A. M. N.H. (4) vii, p. 241 (1871); Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 137 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 127; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 323; Hume, Cat. no. 463 bis; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 183; Oates, S. F. x, p. 211 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 184. Chloropsis chlorocephala ( Wald.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 28; Oates, B. B. i, p. 208; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 595.
Coloration. Male. Lores, feathers under and in front of the eye, cheeks, chin, and throat black ; forehead and a broad band from eye to eye passing round and encircling the throat pale yellowish green; front of the crown above the forehead and a broad streak passing over the eyes and ear-coverts pale green; a very short moustachial streak cobalt; crown of the head and nape golden green; back, rump, upper tail-coverts, and scapulars deep green; tail blue; primaries and their coverts black, edged with blue : secondaries black on the inner and blue on the outer webs, and edged with green; tertiaries and inner greater coverts green tinged with blue ; lesser coverts glistening smalt-blue; median and greater coverts green, tinged with blue at the base ; under plumage bright green, tinged with yellow on the breast.
Female. The black on the head of the male is replaced by bluish green, and the broad yellow band encircling the black is absent; the coloration is duller everywhere, and the moustachial streak is pale bluish green.
The young are very like the adult female.
Bill black; iris brown ; legs plumbeous ; claws horn-colour.
Length 7 ; tail 2.7; wing 3.3; tarsus .75 ; bill from gape .9.
C. icterocephala, from the Malay peninsula, is very close to C. chlorocephala, but differs in having the forehead and the band encircling the throat pure yellow ; the yellowish green on the front of the crown and over the eyes and ear-coverts is absent, and the whole summit of the head is a rich golden fulvous.
Distribution. The Garo and Khasi hills ; Dimapur on the Dhansiri river in Assam ; Cachar; Manipur; Arrakan ; Pegu ; Tenasserim ; Karennee. The range extends to Cochin China.