936. Pitta gurneyi.
Pitta gurneyi, Hume, S. F. iii, p. 296, pl. iii; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi p. 244; Hume, Cat. no. 346 bis. Eucichla gurneyi (Hume), Oates, B. B. i, p. 418; Sclater, Cat. B. M. xiv, p. 448.
Coloration. Male. Forehead, front of the crown, lores, cheeks, ear-coverts, a stripe over the eye continued to the back of the head as a collar, breast, abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts deep black; remainder of crown and nape bright glistening blue, the leathers long and forming a crest; chin and throat white; sides of the neck and a broad collar on the upper breast bright yellow ; sides of the body and of the breast yellow, barred with black; under wing-coverts black, a few of the feathers in the middle being white; the upper plumage with the tertiaries and upper wing-coverts light chestnut-brown; primaries and their coverts black ; secondaries black, the first two or three margined with whitish near the tip, the others margined more broadly with the same colour as the back; tail bright blue, the inner webs being almost entirely black.
Female. Forehead pale, the crown and nape bright ferruginous ; cheeks, ear-coverts, and a line along the neck black, a few of the feathers of the cheeks pale orange-brown; chin and throat dirty white ; remainder of the lower plumage yellow closely barred with black ; the yellow most bright on the breast, and the bars almost absent on the abdomen; with the exception of the head, which has been described, the whole upper plumage is like that of the male; lower tail-coverts black, tipped with dull blue; primaries and secondaries dull brown ; tail as in the male.
Bill black; iris dark brown; eyelids black; gape whitish; legs and claw7s fleshy white (Davison).
Length about 8.5; tail 2.2; wing 4.1; tarsus 1.6 ; bill from gape 1.1.
Distribution. The extreme southern portion of Tenasserim and the Island of Tonkah.