966. Dendrocopus pyrrhothorax

966. Dendrocopus pyrrhothorax.

The Red-breasted Pied Woodpecker.

Picus cathpharius, apud Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. 2, p. 154. Picus pyrrhothorax, Hume, S. F. x, p. 150; xi, p. 57. Dendrocopus pyrrhothorax, Hargitt, Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 224, pl. iv.

Khupi-woi-ru, Anghami Naga.

This only differs from D. cathpharius in having a distinct broad crimson gorget on the breast, and the under tail-coverts much more deeply tinged with red. The other differences prove to be merely individual. It was supposed from the only pair originally described that the sexes were alike and that both had the occiput crimson, but a female in Col. Godwin-Austen's possession from the same locality as the types has the occiput black as in D. cathpharius.

There appears to be a passage from true cathpharius into the present form, some specimens of the former from Sikhim and Bhutan having a considerable amount of red on the breast.

Bill leaden dusky, paler at base of lower mandible ; irides lac-red ; legs and feet dull sap-green in the male, dusky lavender in the female (Hume).

Size rather less than that of D. cathpharius. Length 6.8 ; tail 2.6 ; wing 3.8 ; tarsus .65; bill from gape .8.

Distribution. Mr. Hume obtained two specimens (the types) at Aimole, in the Eastern Manipur hills. Col. Godwin-Austen also obtained a specimen at Aimole and two others in the Anghami Naga hills. No others are known to me.

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: 
966. Dendrocopus pyrrhothorax
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Red Breasted Pied Woodpecker
Dendrocopos cathpharius pyrrhothorax
Vol. 3

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