Pelargopsis gurial, Pears.
127. :- Halcyon leucocephalus, Gmel. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 222 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 382 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 61.
THE BROWN-HEADED KINGFISHER.
Length, 16; expanse, 22 ; wing, 6 ; tail, 4 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at gape, 4; bill at front, 3.4.
Bill dark blood-red, dusky at tip, lighter on gonys; irides brown ; legs and feet coral-red.
Head : lores, cheeks, and hind-neck in part light olive or fulvous-brown ; the sides and lower part of the back of the neck buff; lower part of hind-neck and scapulars dingy brownish-green ; the wing-coverts, quills, the sides of the lower part of the back, upper tail-coverts, and tail dull bluish-green ; the primary quills tipped dusky-black and the inner webs of all dusky ; the back", from the shoulders to the rump, light silky azure-blue ; chin and throat pale yellowish-white, passing into the buff of the sides of the neck ; rest of the lower plumage orange-buff, deepest on the flanks.
The young has the buff of the lower parts edged with brown, and the colors generally duller.
The Brown-headed Kingfisher occurs as a somewhat rare straggler in the Deccan. I met with it at Neemuch, and Colonel Swinhoe found it near Mhow, Central India. It has not been recorded from Guzerat, neither does it occur in Sind.