1050. Carcineutes pulchellus

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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
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1050. Carcineutes pulchellus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Banded Kingfisher
Banded Kingfisher
Lacedo pulchella
Vol. 3
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