982. Miglyptes jugularis.
The Black-and-Buff Woodpecker.
Picus (Meiglyptes) jugularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 195 (1845). Meiglyptes jugularis, Blyth, Cat. p. 60 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 669 ; Hume & Oates, S. F. iii, p. 63 ; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 77 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 132, 501 ; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 60. Miglyptes jugularis, Hume, Cat. no. 165 quat.; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 161 : Hargitt, Ibis, 1884, p. 197; id. Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 391.
Coloration. Male. Black or brownish black, except two large patches, ore on each side of the neck, extending round the hind neck, and forming a demi-collar, the rump, but not the tail-coverts, a large space on each wing consisting of all the minor coverts and of the innermost major and median coverts and tertiaries, the edge of the wing and wing-lining, which are pure buff; a malar stripe on each side with the feathers tipped red; forehead, crown, and sides of head narrowly barred across with buff; chin black and buff mixed in small subequal spots; quills with small submarginal spots on the outer webs and large spots on the inner, the latter wanting near the tip and increasing in size near the base; a few buff bars on the flanks and thigh-coverts ; tail uniform.
The female wants the red malar stripe.
Bill black; iris dark brown; eyelids dark plumbeous ; legs dull bluish, claws horny brown (Oates).
Length 7.5 ; tail 2; wing 4; tarsus .85 ; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The greater part of Burma (rare in the Arrakan and Pegu hills, and near Toungngoo, more common in Tenasserim), as far south as Tavoy ; also Siam and Cochin China.
Habits, &c. This Woodpecker is found in high forests, but has also been observed by Davison in large clearings, open jungle, and even in bamboo-jungle. It closely resembles Hemicercus canente in Coloration.