Merops swinhoii, Hume.
119. :- Merops quinticolor, Vieillot. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 208; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 382.
THE CHESNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER.
Length, 8.5 ; wing, 4.3 ; tail, 3.25 ; bill at front, 1.3.
Bill black ; irides fine crimson-red ; legs and feet plumbeous.
Whole top of the head, nape, hind-neck, and upper part of back rich chesnut; wing-coverts, interscapulars, and tertiaries bight green, the latter tinged with blue; rump and upper tail-coverts pale azure-blue ; quills dull green, tending to rufous on the inner web, and black tipped; tail, with the centre feathers, blue on the outer web, all the rest dull green, tipped dusky; tail even, or slightly emarginate, with the centre feathers not elongated ; beneath, the chin, throat, and sides of the neck up to the ear-coverts, pale yellow, below which is a band or collar of ferruginous, edged with black; the breast bright green; abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts the same, tinged with blue; wings within rufous-brown.
The Chesnut-headed Bee-eater occurs sparingly on the Western Ghats and in the jungles adjoining.