1088. Macropteryx comata.
The Tufted Tree-Swift.
Cypselus comatus, Temm. Pl. Col. 268 (1824). Macropteryx comata, Blyth, Cat. p. 87; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 14; Hartert, Cat. B. M. xvi, p. 517. Dendrochelidon comata, Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 110 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 318; id. Cat, no. 104 bis; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 51.
Coloration. Male. Crown, nape, throat, sides of neck just behind ear-coverts, and upper and under wing-coverts metallic purplish blue; narrow frontal band, long supercilia, chin, and broad moustachial stripes, extending back below and beyond the ear-coverts, white ; lores black; ear-coverts chestnut; wing and tail-feathers blackish, glossed with purplish blue; back, rump, upper tail-coverts, breast, and abdomen brown, glossed with bronze; lower tail-coverts white.
In the female the ear-coverts are metallic blue. The young has probably brown and white edges to the feathers.
Crest small; superciliary and moustachial stripes ending behind in long tufts. Bill black; irides dark brown; legs and feet purplish pink (Davison).
Length about 6.3 inches; tail 3, the outer feathers exceeding the middle pair by 1.5; wing 5 ; tarsus .25.
Distribution. Malay Peninsula and Archipelago, including Celebes and the Philippines, extending into the extreme south of Tenasserim as far as Choungthanoung, 90 miles south of Mergui.