491. Pericrocotus fraterculus.
The Burmese Scarlet Minivet.
Pericrocotus rutilus, Gould, teste Gray, Hand-list, i, p. 335, " Pegu " (1809, descr. nulla). Pericrocotus elegans, McClell., apud Hume, S. F. iii, p. 95; Sharpe, S. F. iv, p. 206; Hume, S. F. v, p 194; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 211; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 73; Hume, Cat. no. 271 ter; Oates, B. B. i, p. 236. Pericrocotus fraterculus, Swinhoe, Ibis, 1870, p. 244. Pericrocotus speciosus (Lath.), apud Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 123.
Coloration. Besembles P. speciosus. The male differs in having both wing and tail constantly smaller, and in the outer webs of the middle pair of tail-feathers being as a rule, but not always, entirely red. The females merely differ iu size.
Bill and legs black; inside of mouth flesh-colour; iris dark brown; eyelids grey; claws dark horn.
Length about 8; tail 3.4; wing 3.7; tarsus .75 ; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The most northern locality from which I have been able to examine a specimen of this bird is Tippuk in Assam. I have also seen specimens from the Khasi hills and Manipur. Thence the present species is spread over the whole of Burma to the extreme south of Tenasserim, and extends into Siam and China.