497. Pericrocotus igneus.
The Fiery Minivet.
Pericrocotus igneus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 309 (1846) ; id. Cat. p. 193; Sharpe, S. F. iv, p. 209 ; Hume, S. F. v, p. 190; id. Cat. no. 273 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 78; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 211; Oates, B. B. i, p. 239. Pericrocotus minutus, Strickland, Jard. Contr. Orn. 1849, p. 94, pl. 32. Pericrocotus flagrans, Boie, Bonap. Consp. Av. i, p. 357 (1850).
Coloration. Male, The whole head, chin, throat, back, scapulars, and lesser wing-coverts glossy black; the remainder of the lower plumage, the rump, and upper tail-coverts crimson; greater coverts black, tipped with crimson ; primaries black, all but the first four with scarlet marks across them ; secondaries black, with orange bases; tertiaries wholly black; under wing-coverts and axillaries yellow; middle tail-feathers black; the next pair black, with some red at the tip ; the remaining feathers red, except the bases, which are black.
Female. The forehead, feathers round the eye, the under wing-coverts, and all the lower plumage bright yellow; crown of the head, back, wing-coverts, and scapulars ashy, tinged with green; rump and upper tail-coverts bright scarlet; wing as in the male, the scarlet being replaced by orange-yellow; tail as in the male, but the red paler.
Bill, legs, and feet black (Hume Coll.).
Length 6.5 ; tail 3 ; wing 3; tarsus .6 ; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. The extreme south of Tenasserim, extending down the Malay peninsula to Sumatra, Borneo, and Palawan; also Western China.
P. croceus, Sharpe, recently described from Perak, differs from P. igneus in having the red in the male replaced by yellow.
P. wrayi, Sharpe, also from Perak, is of the P. igneus type; but the male has a brown throat, and the female has the upper plumage deep plumbeous, the throat white, and the ear-coverts deep grey.