739. Pericrocotus brevirostris affinis

(739) Pericrocotus brevirostris affinis.

The Assam Short-billed Minivet.

Pericrocotus affinis McClell., P. Z. S., 1839, p. 156 (Assam).

Vernacular names. Lali-rajah-sorai (Assamese); Dao-ribi-kashiba (Cachari).

Description. Similar to P. brevirostris, but deeper crimson below.

Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the preceding birds. Wing 94 to 112 mm.; tail 97 to 120 mm.

Female. Above a darker grey than in P. b. brevirostris and with no green tinge; the throat is lemon-yellow instead of whitish yellow, and the rest of the lower plumage is a bright deep yellow frequently tinged with orange.

Distribution. Assam, North Burma, Shan States. Kachin Hills.

Sikkim birds are typical affinis^ whilst Nepal birds are intermediate between this and the last form.

McClelland in describing his affinis from Assam obviously compares it with a Western Himalayan bird, and well defines the differences between the two forms. His name must therefore stand for the Eastern form, whilst the type-locality must be somewhere in the Western Himalayas.

Nidification unknown.

Habits. Those of the species. In Assam and Burma it is purely a forest-bird, and even in winter is not often found in the open as is its Indian cousin.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.2 1924.
Title in Book: 
739. Pericrocotus brevirostris affinis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
739
Year: 
1924
Page No: 
324
Common name: 
Assam Short Billed Minivet
M_ID: 
18706
M_SN: 
Pericrocotus brevirostris affinis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
3346

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