Pericrocotus brevirostris, Vig.
273. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 421 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 465 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 126.
THE SHORT-BILLED MINIVET.
Length, 7.5 to 8 ; expanse, 11; wing, 3.5 ; tail, nearly 4 ; tarsus, 0.6 ; bill at front, 0.37.
Bill black; irides dark-brown ; legs brown-black.
Male. :- Head, neck, nape, upper back, wings, and middle tail-feathers, shining blue-black; body beneath, lower back, rump, upper tail-coverts, wing spot, and tips of some of the coverts, and the lateral tail-feathers, fine deep crimson; the latter black at their bases.
The female has the head and back grey ; the forehead tinged with yellow; beneath, spots on the wings, rump, and lateral tail-feathers, yellow; wings and tail dusky; the pair next the middle feathers slightly edged with yellow.
The Short-billed Minivet is rare ; it has been obtained on Mount Aboo and on the Vindhian Hills near Mhow. It also occurs during the summer months in Sind.