1151. Loriculus indicus.
The Ceylonese Loriquet.
Psittacus indicus, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i, p. 349 (1788). Psittacus asiaticus, Lath. Ind. Orn. i, p. 130 (1790). Psittacula coulaci, pt., Less. Traite. p. 202 (1831). Loriculus phillipensis, Blyth, Cat. p. 10 ; nec Psittacus phillipensis Mull. Loriculus asiaticus, Blyth, Cat. p. 312 ; id. J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 801; xix, p. 236; Layard, A. M. N. H. (2) xiii, p. 261; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 628; Walden, Ibis, 1867, p. 468. Loriculus coulaci, Blyth, Ibis, 1863, p. 7; 1866, p. 226. Loriculus edwardsi, Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 295. Loriculus indicus, Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 426; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 368; id. Cat. no. 153 bis; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 180, pl. vi; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xx, p. 526.
Gira-malitchia, Pol-girawa, Cing.
Coloration. Precisely similar to that of L. vernalis, except that the crown is deep red like the uropygium; this red passes into orange on the nape, and the hind-neck and interscapulary region are tinged with orange-yellow. Sexes alike. In the young the colours are duller and the head is green above.
Bill light orange-red; cere yellow; iris white; legs and feet dusky yellow (Legge).
Length about 5.5; tail 1.75 ; wing 3.7; tarsus .45; bill from cere .5.
Distribution. Ceylon, generally distributed, up to about 3500 feet, but much less common in the north part of the island.
Habits, &c. Precisely similar to those of the last species. Nidification not recorded.