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.