251. Chloropsis zosterops

251. Chloropsis zosterops.

The Malachite-shouldered Chloropsis.

Chloropsis zosterops, Vigors, App. Mem. Life Raffl. p. 674 (1830); Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 24; Oates, B. B. i, p. 207. Phyllornis sonneratii (Jard. & Selby), apud Blyth, Cat. p. 213. Phyllornis javensis (Horsf.), apud Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 136; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 324; Hume, Cat. no. 463 ter.

Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage, wing-coverts, and tertiaries bright green; a patch on the lesser wing-coverts malachite-green; primaries and secondaries dark brown, broadly edged with bright green; tail green, the inner webs of all but the middle pair of feathers brown towards the outer edge; feathers above the nostrils, the lores, and a line produced narrowly over the eye, the cheeks, chin, and throat black; ear-coverts and a band along the black of the throat on either side a paler green than the upper plumage; a short narrow moustache cobalt; lower plumage bright green.

Female. No black on the head; the chin, throat, and a ring round the eye are bright yellow, and the moustachial streak is blue and indistinct.

Young birds resemble the female.

Legs, feet, and claws pale to dark plumbeous; bill black, base of lower mandible sometimes brown; irides varying - brown, dark wood-brown, lake or crimson; eyelids blackish grey (Davison).

Length 8.5 ; tail 3 ; wing 3.9 ; tarsus .75 ; bill from gape 1.1.

The closely allied C. viridis, Horsf., from Java, may be distinguished by the colour of the shoulder-patch, which is turquoise-blue.

Distribution. Tenasserim, south of Ye near Moulmein; also in the Malay peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
251. Chloropsis zosterops
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
251
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
238
Common name: 
Malachite Shouldered Chloropsis
M_ID: 
28619
M_CN: 
Greater Green Leafbird
M_SN: 
Chloropsis sonnerati
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
345

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