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.
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.