1315. Pachyglossa melanoxantha

(1315) Pachyglossa melanoxantha.

The Yellow-bellied Flower-pecker.

Pachyglossa melanoxantha Hodgs., J. A. S. B., xii, p. 1010 (1843) (Nepal); Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 886.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. - Male. Whole upper plumage, sides of neck and breast and wing-coverts velvety-black ; wing-quills brownish-black, edged with velvety-black; two outer pairs of tail-feathers with a large white patch at top of the inner web, sometimes very small, or even absent, on the penultimate feathers ; middle of chin and throat, breast, axillaries and under wing-coverts white ; remainder of lower plumage bright yellow.

Colours of soft parts. Iris red; bill black; legs and feet dark plumbeous.

Measurements. Total length about 110 mm.; wing 72 to 76 mm.; tail 40 to 42 mm.; tarsus 14 to 15 mm. ; culmen about 8 to 9 mm.

Female. Upper parts olive-brown; the tail marked as in the male but less boldly; sides of the head, neck and breast greyish-olive ; chin, throat and centre of breast dull white; remaining underparts pale yellow, washed with olive on the flanks and vent; axillaries and under wing-coverts white.

Young males are like the female but with brighter underparts and darker wings and tail.

Distribution. Sikkim and Nepal to Eastern Assam and the higher hill-ranges South of the Brahmaputra.

Nidification unknown.

Habits. Much the same as those of the two preceding genera.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1315. Pachyglossa melanoxantha
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1315
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
439
Common name: 
Yellow Bellied Flower Pecker
M_ID: 
28692
M_CN: 
Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker
M_SN: 
Dicaeum melanoxanthum
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
4238

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