496. Pericrocotus neglectus.
Pericrocotus neglectus, Hume, S. F. v, pp. 171, 189 (1877) ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 211; Hume, Cat. no. 273 ter; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 80; Oates, B. B. i, p. 241, note. Pericrocotus pulcherrimus, Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 515 (1887), p. 580 (1888).
Coloration. Resembles the deep, richly coloured, eastern form of P. brevirostris. The tail of both sexes is, however, very much shorter, and in the male of P. neglectus the black of the throat roaches much further down the neck.
Length about 6.5; tail, 3.5, 3.2; wing 3.3 ; tarsus .55; bill from gape .75.
I would not recognize this species were it not for its isolated habitat and for its very short tail, as compared with the tail of P. brevirostris from all parts of India. Hume insists that the female of P. neglectus is of a wholly different type from the female of P. brevirostris; but I cannot agree with him on this point, the females of the two species appearing to me to be of precisely the same colour. He also states (S. P. xi, p. 96) that P. neglectus is very common in Manipur. I can discover no skins of this species from that State in the series of Pericrocotus in the Hume Collection now in the British Museum. If P. neglectus does occur in Manipur, the main reason for separating it from P. brevirostris, viz. the different areas of distribution of the two species, disappears.
I have compared the types of P. pulcherrimus with the types of P. neglectus, and find them to be the same species.
Distribution. The slopes of Muleyit mountain, in Tenasserim, where this species was procured by both Davison and Pea.