959. Gecinulus viridis

959. Gecinulus viridis.

The Southern Pale-headed Woodpecker.

Gecinulus viridis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxxi, p. 341 (1862) ; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 472, ix, p. 112 ; id. Cat. no. 177 bis; Hume & Oates, S. F. iii. p 71 ; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 77 ; Hume Dav. S. F. vi, p. 144; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 164; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 41 ; Hargitt, Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 136.

Coloration. Male. Forehead, lores, and sides of head yellowish brown ; sides of neck more yellow, this colour extending round the neck behind the occipital crest, which, with the crown, is bright crimson; back, scapulars, wing-coverts, and outer margins of wing-feathers, except of primaries towards their tips, yellowish olive, the rump-feathers the same, but narrowly edged and tipped with scarlet or orange; quills brown, with white spots on the inner webs, and sometimes indistinct pale spots on the outer; tail-feathers brown, the outer webs bordered with olive-yellow near the base, the inner webs of all but the middle pair spotted with white; lower parts dark olive-green to greenish brown; throat more yellow.

Female. No red on head, which is yellowish brown throughout, much yellower on the nape, so as to have a broad yellow collar.

Bill pale bluish white, strongly tinged with blue at base ; irides brown; legs, feet, and claws pale dirty green (Davison).

Length 10.5; tail 3.9 ; wing 5.2; tarsus 1 ; bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. Common in the Pegu hills between Thayet Myo and Toungngoo, also throughout Tenasserim. The most southern locality recorded is Kussoom, a little north of Junk Ceylon.

Habits, &c. This Woodpecker inhabits both deciduous and evergreen forest, but is chiefly found on and amongst bamboos. According to Davison it occurs singly or in pairs, never in parties.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
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959. Gecinulus viridis
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Sourn Pale Headed Woodpecker
Bamboo Woodpecker
Gecinulus viridis
Vol. 3
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