1124. Rhopodytes diardi.
Diard's Green-billed Malkoha.
Melias diardi, Lesson, Traite d'Ornith. p. 132 (1831). Phoenicophaeus tristis, apud Blyth, J. A. S. B. xi, p. 928; xii, p. 246. Zanclostomus diardi, Blyth, Cat. p. 76; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 690; Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 81. Rhopodytes diardi, Cab. & Heine, Mus. Hein. iv, p. 61; Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1873, p. 604, fig. 9; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 163 ; Hume,Cat. no. 215 bis; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 122; Shelley, Cat. B. M. xix, p. 390.
Coloration. Almost the same as that of B. tristis. The narrow line of feathers on the lores black; head and neck dark ashy grey; lower hind-neck, back, rump, wings, and tail, the latter two both above and below, rich glossy metallic green, passing into blue; all the tail-feathers tipped with white, less broadly than in R. tristis. Lower parts ashy, chin whitish, the rest dark, becoming blackish on the abdomen.
Bill pale green ; irides dark brown ; bare orbital space crimson ; edges of eyelids black; legs and feet dark plumbeous green (Davison).
Length about 15; tail 9; wing 5; tarsus 1.25; bill from gape 1.4.
Distribution. Prom the neighbourhood of Mergui throughout Southern Tenasserim and the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra.
Habits, &c. Similar to those of B. tristis, which this species replaces south of Mergui.