736. Erythrura prasina.
The Long-tailed Munia.
Loxia prasina, Sparrm, Mus. Carls, pis. 72, 73 (1788). Erythrina prasina (Sparrm.), Blyth, Cat. p. 118. Erythrura prasina (Sparrm,.), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 503 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 405; Hume, Cat. no. 703 ter; Oates, B. B. i, p. 370; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 381.
Coloration. Male. Lores and a narrow line to the nostril black; forehead, cheeks, round the eye, chin, and throat blue; upper plumage, wing-coverts, and tertiaries bright green; lower rump and upper tail-coverts crimson; middle pair of tail-feathers dull red, the others brown tipped with greenish; primaries and secondaries black, margined with green ; ear-coverts and sides of the neck green; lower plumage buff, except the middle of the abdomen, which is crimson.
Female. Resembles the male in general appearance, but has the blue of the forehead, cheeks, and round the eye replaced by green with a slight blue tinge, and the blue of the chin and throat replaced by greenish buff; the crimson on the abdomen is absent, that part being buff like the remainder of the lower plumage.
The young resemble the female in general appearance, but have the upper tail-coverts and middle pair of tail-feathers yellowish, not crimson."
Legs, feet, and claws fleshy pink : bill black ; iris dark brown (Hume & Dav.).
Length of male about 6; tail 2.8; wing 2.3; tarsus .6 ; bill from gape .55. Length of female nearly 5 ; tail 1.6 ; other parts as in the male.
Distribution. The extreme south of Tenasserim, extending down the Malay peninsula and to Sumatra, Java, and Borneo.