936. Pitta gurneyi

936. Pitta gurneyi.

Gurney's Pitta.

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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
936. Pitta gurneyi
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Gurneys Pitta
Gurney's Pitta
Hydrornis gurneyi
Vol. 2
Term name: 

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