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.