922. Piprisoma modestum.
Prionochilus modestus, Hume, S. F. iii, p. 298; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 200; Hume, Cat. no. 240 sex ; Binyham, S. F. ix, p. 171; Hume, S. F. x, p. 198, note; Oates, B. B. i, p. 340; Sharpe, Cat B. M. x, p. 74. Piprisoma agile (Tick.), apud Oates, S. F. x, p. 198.
Coloration. Resembles Piprisoma squalidum, but has the upper plumage a brighter green, the sides of the head greener and the streaks below darker and more distinct. The chief difference, however, lies in the form of the lower mandible of the bill, which in P. squalidum is very large, swollen, and much bent upwards in front of the angle of the genys, whereas in the present species it is very slender and nearly straight.
Length about 4; tail 1.2; wing 2.4; tarsus .45; bill from gape .4.
Distribution. Probably throughout Burma, for Davison procured it at Amherst, Mergui, and Malawun, and Bingham in the Thoungyeen valley. I obtained it several times near the town of Pegu, and I at one time wrongly identified my specimens with P. agile (P. squalidum). I have now reexamined my birds and find them to be the present species as suggested by Hume. In the Hume Collection there is a specimen procured in Cachar. I have examined this bird with the greatest care and find it to be the present species and not P. squalidum, to which Hume, probably by an oversight, refers it (S. P. xi, p. 85).
* The Prionochilus pipra, Less., of Hume's Catalogue, entered with doubt and stated by Lesson to have been received from Ceylon, is Iodopleura pipra, now known to occur only in the New World.