1050. Carcineutes pulchellus.
The Banded Kingfisher.
Dacelo pulchella, Horsf. Trans. Linn, Soc. xiii, p. 175 (1821); Blyth, Cat. p. 46 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. p. 122. Carcineutes pulchellus, Cab. & Heine, Mus. Hein. ii, p. 163; Sharpe, Mon. Alc. p. 251, pl. 96; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 70; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 79, 499; Hume, Cat. no. 132 ter; Bingham, S. F. viii, p. 193; ix, p. 154; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 86; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xvii, p. 198. Carcineutes amabilis, Hume, S. F. i, p. 474; Sharpe, S. F. ii, p. 484; Hume, ib. p. 485.
Coloration. Male. Broad frontal band, sides of head and neck, and a more or less perfect collar round the hind neck chestnut; occiput and nape cobalt-blue, base of the feathers white, banded with black near the blue tip ; remainder of upper plumage, including the wings and tail, banded black and verditer-blue, the feathers barred with white instead of blue except at the ends or exposed portions ; quills black with white inner margins, the secondaries with white spots forming imperfect bars ; lower parts white ; breast', flanks, and under wing-coverts tinged with dull rufous ; tail-feathers barred with white beneath.
Female. Upper parts and sides of head and neck transversely banded with black and pale brownish rufous, more narrowly on the head and neck; primaries brown, unhanded; lower parts white, with black spots forming imperfect bars on the breast and flanks.
Bill vermilion; irides purplish grey; legs and feet dull pale green (Davison).
Length about 8.5; tail 2.75; wing 3.5; tarsus .5; bill from gape 1.8.
Distribution. Pegu (not Arakan) and Tenasserim, more common in the latter; the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Java.
Habits, &c. Generally found away from water in forest, feeding on small lizards and various insects. Nidification unknown.