915. Dicaeum ignipectus

915. Dicaeum ignipectus.

The Fire-breasted Flower-pecker.

Myzanthe ignipectus, Hodgs. Blyth, J. A. 8. B. xii, p. 983 (1843); Blyth, Cat. p. 227; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 751; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 377; Stol. J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 24 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 159; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 200; Hume, Cat. no. 241; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 261; Oates, B. B. i, p. 337; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 85. Dicaeum ignipectus (Hodgs:), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 41; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 272.

Sangti-pro-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. Male. Upper plumage, sides of head, and neck black with a green and purple gloss and each feather fringed with yellowish brown ; wings and tail black, edged with glossy green ; lower plumage buff, tinged with green on the sides of the body ; a large patch of crimson on the breast, with a black patch below it sometimes produced down the middle of the abdomen. The yellow fringes of the upper plumage get worn off a good deal during the winter.

Female. Above green, rather glossy on the head and tinged with yellow on the rump and upper tail-coverts ; sides of the head ashy green, also the sides of the throat; lores and lower plumage buff, tinged with green on the sides of the body ; wings and tail black edged with green ; under wing-coverts and axillaries white.

The young resemble the female.

Male : bill black ; iris brown or blackish brown; feet and claws dull or brownish black. Female : bill black ; base of lower mandible plumbeous (Scully).

Length rather more than 3 : tail 1; wing 1.9; tarsus .5; bill from gape .4.

Distribution. The Himalayas from the Sutlej valley to Assam, up to 7000 feet; Khasi hills; Manipur; Karennee and Muleyit mountain in Tenasserim.

Habits, &c. Breeds in the Himalayas from April to July, constructing a pendent nest of very small size attached to the end of a twig of some large tree. In shape the nest is said to be like a purse and the walls to be like thin felt. The eggs are not known.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
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915. Dicaeum ignipectus
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Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Fire Breasted Flower Pecker
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
Dicaeum ignipectus
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