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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
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
Page No: 
Common name: 
Malachite Shouldered Chloropsis
Greater Green Leafbird
Chloropsis sonnerati
Vol. 1

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