1000. Thriponax hodgii.
The Andaman Black Woodpecker.
Mulleripicus hodgei, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxix, p. 105 (1860); Beavan, Ibis, 1867, p. 320 ; Ball, J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2, p. 241; xli, pt. 2, p. 279; id. S. F. i, p. 63. Thriponax hodgei, Walden, Ibis, 1873, p. 301; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 189; id. Cat. no. 169 bis; Hargitt, Ibis, 1885, p. 142 ; id. Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 502.
Coloration. The forehead, crown, nape, and malar patch crimson in the male, occiput and nape only in the female, all the rest of the plumage black.
Bill black, in some specimens, not in all, whitish and semi-transparent at the tip; irides pale yellow; legs, feet, and claws blackish plumbeous (Hume).
Length about 15; tail 6; wing 7.5; tarsus 1.3; bill from gape 1.9.
Distribution. The Andaman Islands.
Habits, &c This Woodpecker is said by Davison to keep to the larger trees, to have a shrill rasping whistle, and to make a great noise tapping. He shot the young well grown at the end of March.
Picus or Dryocopus martius was at one time believed by Hume to inhabit part of the Khirthar range, Sind. I have been all over the range, which is very barren and treeless, and there is no part suited for this bird ; moreover I ascertained when in Sind that the native story told to Mr. Hume about the occurrence of a black Woodpecker (S. F. i, pp. 129,171) at Dharyaro was a hoax.