916. Dicaeum concolor.
The Nilgiri Flower-pecker.
Dicaeum concolor, Jerd. Madr. Journ. L. S. xi, p. 227 (1840); id. Ill. Ind. Orn. pl. 39; id. B. I. i, p. 375 ; Blyth, Cat. p. 227; Hume, N. & E. p. 156; id. Cat. no. 239; Davison, S. F. x, p. 363; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 45; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 138; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 272.
Coloration. In freshly-moulted birds the lores, forehead, and round the eye are conspicuously white ; the whole upper plumage dull green, the centres of the crown-feathers darker; wings and tail dark brown, edged with dull green; sides of the head and neck pale ashy green ; lower plumage pale yellowish buff. Soon after the autumnal moult the white of the face becomes dull.
Iris dark brown; legs and feet dusky slaty ; bill lavender-blue, dusky on the culmen (Butler).
Length about 3.5; tail 1.1; wing 2; tarsus .5; bill from gape .5.
Distribution. The western coast of India from Khaudala and Mahableshwar to the Palni hills. Blanford is said to have obtained it at Bilaspur in the Central Provinces, but most probably some mistake has occurred about this locality.
Habits, &c. Breeds from January to April, making a pendent nest of vegetable down, lichens, &c, attached to the extremity of a twig of some tree. It lays three eggs, which are glossless white and measure .64 by .43.