Nycticornis athertoni, Jard. & Selby.
122. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 211; Butler, Deccan ; Stray .Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 382.
THE BLUE-NECKED BEE-EATER.
Length, 14 ; expanse, 18 ; wings 5.5 ; tail 6; bill at front, 17 ; tarsus, 0.6.
Bill bluish-plumbeous, with black tip ; irides deep yellow ; legs and feet dusky-greenish.
General color bright vernal-green, shaded on the belly and vent with buff; forehead blue; gular hackles rich ultramarine-blue, formed of a double series of long drooping plumes, ranged opposite each other or either side of the median line; lining of wings, the wings internally, under tail-coverts, and lower surface of the tail buff.
The Blue-necked Bee-eater was obtained by Mr. Laird in the forests to the west of Belgaum. This seems to be the only recorded instance of its occurrence within the district.