1339. Gennaeus horsfieldi.
The Black-breasted Kalij Pheasant.
Gallophasis horsfieldi, Gray, Gen. B. iii, p. 498, pl. cxxvi (1845); Mitchell, P. Z. S. 1858, p. 544, pls. 148 (young), 149 (egg); Godw.-Austen, J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2, p. 272 ; xiv, pt. 2, p. 83. Euplocomus horsfieldi, Blyth, Cat. p. 244. Euplocamus horsfieldi, Hume & Inglis, S. F. v, p. 42; Hume & Marsh, Game B. i, p. 197, pl.; Hume, Cat. no. 810 ter; Fasson, S. F. ix, pp. 203, 205; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) iv, p. 611 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 303 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 410. Gennaeus horsfieldi, Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 302.
Mathura, Chittagong and Sylhet; Durug, Dirrik, Garo hills ; Dorik, Dibrugarh.
Coloration. The upper parts in the male are similar to those of G. leucomelanus—black, richly glossed with violet-purple,—and the feathers of the lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts have terminal white bars: the lower parts are black throughout, glossed with purple, except on the abdomen and lower tail-coverts; there are no white shafts to th« feathers above or below, and the breast-feathers are rounded at the end, not lanceolate.
In old females the middle pair of tad-feathers are uniform dull rufous brown, not mottled, and the next pair are often tinged with rufous on the outer webs. The feathers of the breast have narrow buff shaft-lines ; otherwise there is no difference from the hens of the other Kalij Pheasants.
Soft parts and measurements as in the last species.
Distribution. North of the Assam valley in the lower hills of Eastern Bhutan and the Daphla country ; and throughout the ranges south of the Assam valley as far south as Chittagong and Northern Arrakan, Southern Manipur, and the neighbourhood of Bhamo in the Irrawaddy valley.
Habits, &c The eggs have been taken twice towards the end of March by Mr. Cripps in Sylhet. They are precisely similar to those of G. melanonotus.