1032. Nyctiornis amictus.
The Red-bearded Bee-eater.
Merops amictus, Temm. Pl. Col. pl. 310 (1824). Nyctiornis amicta, Swains. Zool. Ill. ser. 2, ii, text to pl. 56; Horsf. & M. Cat. p. 383 ; Blyth, Ibis, 1866, p. 345 ; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 73; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 69, 498; Hume, Cat. no. 122 bis; Bingham, S. F. viii, p. 193; ix, p. 153; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 64 ; Dresser, Mon. Mer. p. 1, pls. 1, 2; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xvii, p. 90. Alcemerops amicta, Blyth, Cat. p. 52. Nyctiornis malaccenis, Cab. & Heine, Mus. Hein. ii, p. 133 (1859) ; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 409.
Coloration. Nasal plumes and point of chin pale verditer-green; lores and forehead pink, passing into lilac on the vertex; feathers on eyelids dark green or blue ; whole upper parts, including ear-coverts, sides of neck and breast, and upper surface of wings and tail, grass-green; cheeks in front of eye, throat, and elongate plumes in middle of breast scarlet, the latter dark green near the shafts; lower parts from breast pale green; tail-feathers beneath ochreous yellow, with broad black tips; exterior margin of outermost feathers also black; wing-lining ochreous buff.
In the female the forehead and lores are scarlet like the throat; vertex only pink. Young birds are green throughout.
Bill black, whitish at base; iris bright yellow to orange ; legs and feet pale green, often dingy, sometimes bluish (Davison).
Length 13; tail 5 ; wing 5.25 ; tarsus .6 ; bill from gape 2.45. Females measure rather less and have a shorter bill.
Distribution. Tenasserim and throughout the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo. In Tenasserim this bird is found as far north as Moulmein, Myawadi, and the Thoungyeng valley, but is rare north of Yay.
Habits, &c. Similar to those of N. athertoni. The note, according to Davison, is hoarse, of four syllables, and uttered at irregular intervals. Nidification not known.