(1324) Pitta granatina coccinea.
The Malayan Scarlet Pitta.
Pitta coccinea Eyton, P. Z. S., 1839, p. 104 (Malaya); Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 394.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Forehead, to a breadth of about 4 to 7 mm., lores, supercilium and sides of the head black; the posterior supercilium, from the ear-coverts to the neck, has the feathers lanceolate and brilliant steel-blue with black bases crown, nape and hind-neck rich scarlet-crimson ; back, scapulars, lesser wing-coverts, upper tail-coverts, rump and tail purple, tinged with blue, brightest on the upper back and longest tail-coverts, but varying greatly in different lights; lesser wing-coverts black; median and greater coverts black with broad edges and tips of glistening smalt-blue; quills black, edged with deep blue, the inner secondaries all of this colour; chin rufous-brown ; throat and upper breast dark brown, a few feathers tipped with purple or crimson; lower breast blackish, overlaid with a purple sheen and often with some feathers tipped with crimson; axillaries and under wing-coverts black; remainder of lower plumage deep crimson, except the thighs which are brown.
Colours of soft parts. Iris deep brown; bill black; legs and feet clear plumbeous-blue.
Measurements. "Wing 86 to 94 mm.; tail 35 to 38 mm.; tardus 35 to 38 mm.; culmen 18 to 20 mm.
The Nestling is all brown, the crown rufescent and the lores, supercilium and sides of the head blackish ; the underparts are like the crown, paling on the abdomen, vent and under tail-coverts to pinkish-brown; the visible portions of the wings and tail are suffused with dull, dark blue.
Young birds are intermediate in colour between the nestling and adult and assume the latter plumage very gradually.
Distribution. Tenasserim to the extreme South of the Malay Peninsula.
Habits. Practically nothing on record but so far as is known similar to those of other Pittas.