Pericrocotus speciosus, Lath.
271. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 419.
THE LARGE MINIVET.
Length, 9 ; expanse, 12.5 ; wing, 4.25 ; tail, 4.25 ; tarsus, 0.9; bill at front, 0.5.
Bill black ; irides deep-brown; legs black.
Male. :- Head, whole neck, upper back, wings and two central tail-feathers, shiny blue-black'; lower back broad band on the wing, formed by a large spot on all of the quills and some of the lower-coverts also, some spots on the secondaries, the lateral tail-feathers and beneath from the breast, rich vermilion-red.
Female. :- Head, neck, upper back, and central tail-feathers, light ashy-grey, with a tinge of green ; forehead, rump and upper tail-coverts greenish yellow ; the quills dusky-black, with a deep yellow spot; tail with the four central feathers dusky, the outer pair tipped yellow; the whole of the others deep yellow, with some blackish at the base crossing each feather obliquely; the whole of the lower parts deep king's-yellow.
The two central tail-feathers have sometimes the outer web red for a great part of their Length, and the yellow on the forehead of the young male has an orange tinge ; otherwise it resembles the adult female.
Jerdon states in his Birds of India that this splendidly colored bird extends from the Himalayas to Central India and Goomsoor, where I obtained it, but it does not appear to go further south."