1017. Cyanops franklini.
The Golden-throated Barbet.
Bucco franklinii, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xi, p. 167 (1842). Bucco igniceps, Hodgson, Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 85 (1844), descr. nulla. Megalaema franklini, Blyth, Cat. p. 68; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xiv, pt. 2, p. 70 ; Marshall, Mon. Cap. p. 51, pl. 24 ; Hume, Cat. no. 196; id. S. F. xi, p. 68; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 252. Cyanops franklinii, Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 643; Jerdon, B. I. i, p. 314 ; id. Ibis, 1872, p. 11; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2, p. 98; Shelley, Cat. B. M. xix, p. 69 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 322.
Ban-basi, Bagh-basi, Nepal.
Coloration. Forehead and a patch in the middle of the occiput crimson ; vertex golden yellow ; lores and area above and below the eye, with the sides of the crown growing broader behind, black; a bluish collar behind the black; back, scapulars, and rump grass-green; outer surface of wing the same near the back, passing into deep blue on the primary-coverts near the carpus; many of the coverts and the outer primaries near the base with pale or bluish-green edges; secondaries with green edges; wing-feathers except on outer edges blackish brown, with pale yellow inner borders, wing-lining the same; tail green above, washed with pale blue below; ear-coverts, malar region below them, and a broad connecting band across the throat pale silvery whity-brown; an orange spot at each base of the lower mandible; chin and upper throat golden yellow; lower parts from throat green or yellowish green.
Bill blackish, plumbeous beneath; irides brown; orbital skin plumbeous ; legs greenish slaty (Jerdon).
Length about 9; tail 2.6; wing 4 ; tarsus .95; bill from gape 1.3.
Distribution. The Eastern Himalayas as far west as Nepal, also the hills south of the Assam Valley (Khasi, Naga, Manipur), between 3000 or 4000 and about 8000 feet.
Habits, &c. This Barbet also is said to feed entirely on fruit. It has a call which sounds dissyllabic at a distance, but is said by Hume to consist of three successive sounds, the first being lower in pitch and having less resonance. The eggs, 3 or 4 in number, and pure white, are laid, according to Hodgson, in April, but one was obtained by Mandelli in August. They are deposited in a hole bored in a tree as usual, and measure about 1.1 by .85.