(373) Chloropsis viridis zosterops.
THE MALACHITE-SHOULDERED CHLOROPSIS.
Chloropsis zosterops Vigors, App. Mem. Life Raffl., p. 674 (1830) (Tenasserim); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 238.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Male. The whole upper plumage, wing-coverts, inner secondaries and tail bright green, the inner webs of all but the central tail-feathers edged with brown ; a patch on the lesser wing-coverts malachite-green ; other wing-quills dark brown, broadly edged with bright green; feathers above the nostrils, lores and a narrow line over the eye, cheeks, chin and throat black; ear-coverts and next the black throat a paler green than the back; a short blue moustachial streak; lower plumage bright green, a little paler than above.
Colours of soft parts. Iris light brown, dark brown to crimson: bill black ; legs and feet pale to dark plumbeous.
Measurements. Length about 220 to 230 mm.; wing 87 to 90 mm.; tail about 75 mm.; tarsus about 19" mm.; culmen about 20 mm.
The female and young have no black on the head; the chin, throat and a ring round the eye are bright yellow and the moustachial streak is pale and ill-defined.
Distribution. Tenasserim, South of Ye, near Moulmein, Malay Peninsula to Borneo and Sumatra, South-West Siam.
Habits. Davison records the habits of this bird as being the same as those of chlorocephala but that it is even more exclusively a forest bird. This bird is only a race of Chloropsis viridis of Java, from which it differs in the tint of the shoulder-patch.