Halcyon pileata

Halcyon pileata, Bodd.

130. :- Halcyon atricapillus, Gmel. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 226; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 382.

THE BLACK-CAPPED PURPLE KINGFISHER.

Length, 11.5 to 12.5 ; expanse, 18 to 19; wing, 5 to 53 ; tail, 3.25 to 3.75 ; bill from gape, 3.

Bill coral-red ; irides red-brown ; legs dusky brownish-red.

Head, lores, face, ear-coverts and nape black; whole upper parts rich violet purple, brighter on the back and rump; wings with the coverts, except those of the primaries, black; quills tipped black, with a white wing-bar on the inner webs, and the inner webs of the rest black ; chin, neck, and throat all round white, with a tinge of fulvous; the middle of the breast and abdomen also white ; rest of the lower parts, including the under wing-coverts, rich rusty.

This beautiful Kingfisher was obtained by Mr. Vidal at Ratnagiri, and is the only recorded instance of its occurrence within the region.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Halcyon pileata
Spp Author: 
Bodd.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
100
Common name: 
Black-capped Purple Kingfisher
M_ID: 
9121
M_CN: 
Black-capped Kingfisher
M_SN: 
Halcyon pileata
Term name: 
id: 
11338

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