973. Iyngipicus semicoronatus

973. Iyngipicus semicoronatus.

The Darjeeling Pigmy Woodpecker.

Picus semicoronatus, Malherbe, Dull. Soc. d'Hist. Nat. Moselle, v, p. 21 (1848) ; id. Picida, i, p. 148, pi. xxxiv, fig. 8. Picus rubricatus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 804 (1849) ; id. Cat. p. 63. Picus meniscus, Malh. Picida, i, p. 151, pi. xxxv, figs. 2, 3, 4 (1861). Yungipicusrubricatus, Jerdon, B. I. i,p. 276; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2, p. 97 ; Jerdon, Ibis, 1872, p. 8 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 60; id. Cat. no. 162; Anderson, Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 685. Iyngipicus semicoronatus, Hargitt, Ibis, 1882, p. 25; id. Cat. B, M. xviii, p. 312 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 59.

Coloration. Male. Forehead and crown ashy with a brownish tinge, occiput scarlet (feathers slightly elongated); nasal plumes and lores fulvescent white; broad superciliary stripe extending back to the side of the neck white, speckled with black, a black line forming a border to the crown above the supercilium, and a brown band, becoming black behind, from the eye to the side of the neck over the lower ear-coverts; nape and upper back and the upper tail-coverts velvety black; remainder of back, rump, scapulars, and wings black with white transverse bars; quills with white spots on both webs, greater and median coverts with white spots or bars, smaller coverts unspotted ; the two middle pairs of tail-feathers black throughout as a rule, the two outer large pairs black barred with white above and with fulvescent below, third pair from the middle varying but generally bordered with white ; malar region dusky, chin and throat whitish; under surface from throat very light fulvescent brown, with narrow blackish longitudinal streaks; under wing-coverts and axillaries mixed white and black.

The female has no occipital red band.

Occasionally there are white markings on the upper tail-coverts and small white spots on the median tail-feathers, but this is exceptional. The same occurs in other species of Iyngipicus, in which the feathers mentioned are normally black throughout.

Bill plumbeous ; irides red ; feet brown (Jerdon).

Length 5.5 ; tail 2 ; wing 3.3 ; tarsus .6; bill from gape.65.

Distribution. Sikhim, Bhutan, the Khasi and Naga hills, Eastern Manipur, and Yunnan at elevations above about 3500 feet.

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.
Title in Book: 
973. Iyngipicus semicoronatus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Darjeeling Pigmy Woodpecker
Dendrocopos canicapillus semicoronatus
Vol. 3

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