Picas sindianus, Gould.
158. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 273; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 113.
THE SIND PIED WOODPECKER.
Length, 8.5 to 8.6 ; expanse, 14.5 to 1.5 ; wing, 4.5 to 4.6 ; tail, 3.1 to 3.2 ; bill, 1.25.
Length, 8 to 8.5; expanse, 13 to 15; wing, 4.4 to 4.7 ; tail, 3 to 3.2.
Bill blackish above, lighter beneath; irides crimson; legs dusky.
Adult male: forehead, lores, sides of the head, ear-coverts, supercilia and breast white, tinged buffy on the forehead, or a soiled white; a very narrow dark line above the supercilia; a dark stripe from the lower mandible extending down each side of the throat, projecting to the lower side of the breast, and joining the back at the shoulder; crown of the head mixed crimson and black; back, rump, upper tail-coverts and centre tail-feathers, glossy black with a dusky tinge ; scapulars, and the adjacent wing-coverts, white, the remainder of the wing-coverts black with a few white spots; quills brownish-black, spotted with white on both webs forming white wing-bars, of which there are four on the primaries and three on the secondaries; lateral tail-feathers black, barred and tipped with white; lower parts white, with a few dusky streaks on the flanks and abdomen; middle of abdomen and lower tail-coverts crimson.
The female has the crown black.
This Woodpecker occurs pretty generally throughout Sind, where it is a permanent resident, breeding during March and April. It does not occur in any other portion of the district.