925. Pachyglossa melanoxantha.
The Yellow-bellied Flower-pecker.
Pachyglossa melanoxantha, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 1010 (1843); Jerd. B. I. i, p. 378 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 160; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 156; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 455 ; id. S. F. v, p. 348; id. Cat. no. 242 ; id, S. F. xi, p. 85: Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 279. Prionochilus melanoxanthus (Hodgs.), Sclater, Ibis, 1874, p. 3, pl. i. fig. 3; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 71.
Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage, wings, tail, sides of head, neck, and breast black, the outermost pair of tail-feathers, or sometimes the two outer pairs with a patch of white on the inner web near the tip ; middle of chin, throat, and breast white; remainder of the lower plumage bright yellow; under wing-coverts white.
Female. Resembles the male, but the black is replaced by greenish brown, becoming paler on the sides of the head, neck, and breast; abdomen and under tail-coverts duller yellow; middle of chin, throat, and breast greyish white; under wing-coverts and axillaries white.
Iris red; legs dark plumbeous (Godwin-Austen).
Length about 4.5; tail 1.7 ; wing 2.8 ; tarsus .55 ; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. Sikhim and probably Nepal; extending to Dibrugarh in Assam and Sopoomah in the Naga hills.