917. Dicaeum olivaceum.
The Plain-coloured Flower-pecker.
Myzanthe inornata, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 82 (1844, descr. nulla); id. Gray's Cat. Mamm. &c. Nepal Coll, Hodgs. pp. 60, 151 (1846, descr. nulla). Dicaeum olivaceum, Wald. A. M. N. H. (4) xv, p. 401 (1875); Godw.-Aust, J. A. S. B. xiv, pt. ii, p. 194; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 498; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 195; Hume, Cat. no. 237 ter; Oates, B. B. i, p. 333; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 84. Dicaeum inornatum (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat, B. M. x, p. 45.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage olive-green, the rump rather brighter and the feathers of the head centred darker ; tail dark brown, the feathers faintly edged with olive-green; wing-coverts brown, broadly edged with the colour of the back ; wings dark brown, edged with olive-green rather brighter than the back ; sides of the head and the whole lower plumage dull oily greenish yellow with an ashy tinge.
Legs and feet very dark plumbeous ; upper mandible and tip of lower very dark brown ; rest of the bill pale plumbeous ; iris deep brown (Hume & Davison).
Length 3.3; tail 1; wing 1.8 ; tarsus .45 ; bill from gape .45.
The name D. inornatum cannot be used for this species, for Hodgson never published any description of the bird. He, moreover, confounded together the females of D. inornatum and D. ignipectus, as is shown by his specimens of both species in the British Museum being numbered 393.
Distribution. Occurs in Nepal, Sikhim, the Bhutan Doars, Shillong, the Naga hills, Manipur, the Toungngoo and Karen hills, at Papwon, on the Salween river, Wimpong, and Meetan near Moulmein. This species ranges into the Malay peninsula and to Sumatra.