Pericrocotus speciosus

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."

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Pericrocotus speciosus
Spp Author: 
Lath.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
151
Common name: 
Large Minivet
M_ID: 
18711
M_CN: 
Scarlet Minivet
M_SN: 
Pericrocotus speciosus
id: 
11489

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