984. Micropternus brachyurus

984. Micropternus brachyurus.

The Malay Rufous Woodpecker.

Picus brachyurus, Vieill. Nouv. Diet. d'Hist. Nat. xxvi, p. 103 (1818). Picus badius, Raffles, Trans. Linn. Soc. xiii, p. 289 (1822). Micropternus badius, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 194 ; id. Cat. p. 61: Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 666 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 319. Micropternus brachyurus, Hume, S. F. v, p. 481 ; id. Cat. no. 178 bis; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 145; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 58; Hargitt, Ibis, 1885, p. 10; id. Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 396.

This is very similar to M. phaeoceps, but distinguished by being smaller, by the crown not being as a rule darker than the back, by the central portions of the pale-edged feathers of the chin, throat, and malar region being much darker than the breast, and by the black bars on the upper surface, and especially on the lower plumage, being more developed, and those on the tail-feathers broader. Most Tenasserim birds, except from south of Tavoy, are intermediate between M. brachyurus and M. phaeoceps.

Length about 8 ; tail 2.3; wing 4.5 ; tarsus .85; bill from gape 1.

Distribution. The Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Java, extending north into Tenasserim, where this Woodpecker appears to pass into M. phaeoceps.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
984. Micropternus brachyurus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
984
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
57
Common name: 
Malay Rufous Woodpecker
M_ID: 
11158
M_CN: 
Rufous Woodpecker
M_SN: 
Micropternus brachyurus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
1345

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