934. Pitta coccinea

934. Pitta coccinea.

The Malayan Scarlet Pitta.

Pitta coccinea, Eyton, P. Z. S. 1839, p. 104; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 511; Hume, Cat. no. 345 cpiat.; Sclater, Cat. B. M. xiv, p. 431. Brachyurus granatinus (Temm.), Elliot, Mon. Pitt. pl. xv (pt) ; id. Ibis, 1870, p. 417 (pt). Eucichla coccinea (Eyton), Oates, B. B. i, p. 417.

Coloration. The forehead, for about a quarter of an inch or to a point well in front of the eye, the lores, a streak over the eye, and the sides of the head black; crown and nape deep crimson, bordered on either side of the nape by a streak of lavender-blue; the whole upper plumage purplish blue, most brilliant on the back and dull on the other parts and tail; wing-feathers black, the outer edges and tips more or less tinged with blue ; lesser wing-coverts plain black ; the greater coverts black, all broadly tipped with glistening blue; chin and throat rufous, the feathers all tipped with dark brown; the breast purple, each feather edged with crimson; sides of the body, abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts crimson.

A young bird shot by Mr. Davison had the legs, feet, and claws pale lavender; the bill black; the gape and a spot at the base and tip of both mandibles orange-vermilion.

Length 7; tail 1.6; wing 3.5 ; tarsus 1.5; bill from gape 1.05.

Distribution. Tenasserim, at the foot of Nwalabo mountain, extending down the Malay peninsula.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
934. Pitta coccinea
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Malayan Scarlet Pitta
Erythropitta granatina coccinea
Vol. 2

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