660. Halcyon coromandus

660. RUDDY KINGFISHER.
HALCYON COROMANDUS.
Halcyon coromandus (Lath.), Ind. Orn. i. p. 252 (1790) ; Sharpe, Monogr. Alced. p. 155, pl. 57 ; id. Cat. B. Br. Mus. xvii. p. 217 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 173 ; (David and Oust.) Ois. Chine, p. 76 ; H. lila-cina ; Swains, Classif, of B. ii. p. 335 (1837) ; Blanf. P. Brit, Ind. Birds, iii. p. 134.
Kio-roro, Jap.
Male ad. (India). Upper parts with sides of the head and neck, wings and tail light chestnut, glossed with violet-red ; middle of the lower back and rump white mixed with pale blue, or sometimes with violet ; under parts cinnamon buff, paler on the throat and middle of the abdomen, and becoming pale buff on the chin ; bill red, blackish at the base ; legs brownish red ; iris bine grey. Culmen 2.3, wing 4.4, tail 2.6, tarsus 0.5 inch. The female is duller and browner in colour, and the young bird has dark edges to the breast-feathers.
Hab. Eastern Himalayas, China, Corea, Japan, Java, Sumatra, and the Philippines. Inhabits forests, and not unfrequently mangrove swamps near the coast, and is shy in its habits. It is said to be very noisy in rainy weather when its mournful cry kio-roro may be heard at a long distance. Respecting its food and nesting habits I find nothing on record.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
660. Halcyon coromandus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
660
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
460
Common name: 
Ruddy Kingfisher
M_ID: 
9101
M_CN: 
Ruddy Kingfisher
M_SN: 
Halcyon coromanda
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10737

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