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.