246. Myzornis pyrrhura.
The Fire-tailed Myzornis.
Myzornis pyrrhoura, Hodgs. J. A. S. B. xii, p. 984 (1843); Blyth, Cat. p. 101; Horsf. A) M. Cat. i, p. 263; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 263; Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 44. Myzornis pyrrhura, Hodgs., Hume, Cat. no. 629 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 635 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 155.
The Fire-tailed Flower-pecker, Jerd.; Lho-sagvit-pho, Lepch.
Coloration. Male. The whole head and body, the wing-coverts, and the tertiaries bright green ; the feathers of the forehead and crown with deep black centres; the lores and a triangular patch behind the eye black; a streak above and one below the eye brighter green; the throat and upper breast suffused with red; the middle of the lower part of the breast and abdomen tinged with red; vent and under tail-coverts chestnut-red; winglet tipped white; primary-coverts black, edged with green and tipped with yellow; primaries brown, the first eight tipped with white, the outer webs of all ten primaries deep black, more or less margined with red; secondaries with the outer webs red and tipped with pinkish white; tertiaries black, with some green on the inner webs; tail-feathers red on the outer webs, green on the inner, all broadly tipped with dusky.
Female. Resembles the male closely, but differs in having the red on the lower parts dull and subdued, and the red on the wings and tail less bright, the primary-coverts green, tipped with white, and the terminal spots on the secondaries pure white.
Bill dusky brown; legs fleshy; iris brown (Jerdon); the iris is figured red by Hodgson.
Length 5.2; tail 1.9 ; wing 2.4; tarsus .9; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim, probably not below 6000 feet.
Habits, &c. Haunts brushwood and moss-grown trees. The egg is said to be white, but this statement is not well authenticated.