994. Hemicercus sordidus.
The Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker.
Dendrocopus sordidus, Eyton, A. M. N. H. xvi, p. 229 (1845). Hemicercus concretus (Temm.), apud Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 195; id. Cat. p. 54 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 650. Hemicercus sordidus, Tweeddale, Ibis, 1877, p. 291; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 128 ; Hume, Cat. no. 165 bis A; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 32 ; Hargitt, Ibis, 1884, p. 247; id. Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 483.
Coloration. Male. Forehead and crown crimson; coronal feathers elongate, the crimson cap tapering to a point on the occiput; long nuchal crest, with the sides of the head and neck, chin, throat, and breast olivaceous grey; hind neck buff; back, scapulars, wing-coverts, and tertiaries black, each feather with a buff margin and many with a buff bar across the middle; remaining quills brownish black except the inner margin towards the base, which, with the rest of the wing-lining, is buff; on the secondaries some triangular buff spots appear on the outer webs, which gradually increase till they become bars on the tertiaries; lower back uniform grey; rump buff; upper and lower tail-coverts black tipped with buff;, tail black, the outer feathers barred and tipped with buff; a slight trace of a buff line down the side of the neck; abdomen grey, with buffy-white edges to the feathers.
Female. Forehead and crown olive-grey like the rest of the head.
In the young of both sexes the crown and long nuchal crest are ruddy buff, the feathers tipped with olive-grey ; in males the long nuchal feathers become partly crimson, as these become olive-grey the crown becomes crimson, the passage being gradual. The whole mantle is buff: with black spots, the rump-feathers are edged with grey, and those of the lower parts with buff in very young birds.
Bill plumbeous grey; irides red-brown; legs and feet plumbeous, tinged greenish (Davison).
Length 5.5; tail 1.2 ; wing 3.4 ; tarsus .6 ; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo, ranging north into the extreme south of Tenasserim, a single specimen having been obtained by Mr. Davison at Bankasiin.