Loriculus vernalis, Sparrm.
153. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 265 ; Butler, Deccan and South Mahratta country; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 384.
THE INDIAN LORIQUET.
Length, 5.5 to 5.75 ; expanse, 8.75 to 10.25 ; wing, 3.4 to 3.75 ; tail, 1.5 to 1.81; tarsus, 0.3 to 0.35 ; bill from gape, 0.45 to 0.5.
Bill dark yellow to plumbeous; irides pale yellow; legs and feet leaden to plumbeous.
Above grass-green, darker on the wing-coverts and scapulars, paler and yellowish beneath; the wings and tail blue-green ; rump and upper tail-coverts dull deep red; wings and tail beneath pale bluish ; chin and throat, in the male, tinged with verdigris-blue.
The Indian Lorikeet is a cold weather visitant to the forests of the Sahyadri Range as far north at least as Khandalla, and it has been observed at Ratnagiri, Dharwar and in the Goa forests, but it is absent from all other portions of the district.