1007. Megalaema virens.
The Great Chinese Barbet.
Bucco virens, Bodd. Tail. Pl. Enl. p. 63 (1783). Megalaema virens, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 472; id. Cat. no. 191 bis ; Hume & Dav. 8. F. vi, p. 150; Bingham, S. F. ix, pp. 165, 473; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 130; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 319; Shelley, Cat. B. M. xix, p. 52; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) vii, p. 377. Megalaema marshallorum, Walden, Birds Burnt, p. 73; Wardi. Rams. Ibis, 1877, p. 467 ; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 129; nec Swinhoe.
Similar to M. marshallorum, except that the colour of the head and neck is verditer-blue with a greenish tinge, and that the pale streaks on the upper back are much fewer, less marked, and whitish or bluish, not green or yellow; the median wing-coverts too are tinged with red. Soft parts and dimensions as in M. marshallorum.
Distribution. Karennee and hill-forests of northern Tenasserim as far south as Muleyit, east of Moulmein, extending thence into South China.
Habits, &c. Similar to those of M. marshallorum. The eggs were found by Major Bingham in Tenasserim during February and March.