993. Chrysocolaptes stricklandi

993. Chrysocolaptes stricklandi.

Layard's Woodpecker.

Brachypternus stricklandi, Layard, A. M. N. H. (2) xiii, p. 449 (1854). Chrysocolaptes stricklandi, Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 297; Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 427; Legge, Ibis, 1874, p. 15 ; 1875, pp. 283, 410; id. S. F. iii, p. 200 ; id. Birds Ceyl. p. 188, pl. vii; Holdsworth, Ibis, 1874, p. 123 ; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 368; id. Cat. no. 166 ter ; Hargitt, Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 453 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 313.

Coloration. Back, scapulars, and outer surface of wings, except primary-coverts and outer webs of primaries, dull crimson, edges of feathers brighter, rump also brighter. In all other respects this species resembles C. gutticristatus except that there is everywhere more black and less white, there are only white spots on the back of the neck, and the sides of the head above the malar region and of the neck are almost all black, the superciliary stripe being represented by a row of white spots. The black borders of the breast-feathers are very broad. Sexual distinctions as in C. gutticristatus.

Bill brownish or olivaceous at the base, greenish white in the middle, the tip dusky; iris yellowish white; legs and feet greenish' slate (Legge).

Length about 11.5 ; tail 3.5 ; wing 5.9 ; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape 1.9.

Distribution. Confined to Ceylon. This Woodpecker is found in forests almost throughout the island, on both hills and lowlands.

Habits, &c. Similar to those of C. gutticristatus. Legge observed-birds of this species haunting a nest-hole high up a large tree in January in such a manner as to indicate that they had young.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
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993. Chrysocolaptes stricklandi
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Layards Woodpecker
Crimson-backed Flameback
Chrysocolaptes stricklandi
Vol. 3

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