947. Gecinus gorii

947. Gecinus gorii.

Hargitt's Scaly-bellied Green Woodpecker.

Gecinus gorii, Hargitt, Ibis, 1887, p. 75, 1888, p. 159; id. Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 45; St. John, Ibis, 1889, p. 158; Aitchison, Trans. Linn. Soc. (2) Zool. v, p. 83, pi. vi, fig. 1.

This is paler throughout than G. squamatus, but otherwise very similar. The pale spots and bars on the wing- and tail-feathers are larger, the pale bars on the tail-feathers and the white spots on the outer webs of the primaries being broader than the dark interspaces; the scale-like markings on the abdomen are narrower and fainter. Dimensions the same.

Distribution. South Afghanistan. Only known from two specimens, one from Quetta, the other from the Helmand River. Sir O. B. St. John saw G. gorii on the Kwaja Amran hills, and probably in the juniper forests of Ziarat.

I suspect that this is merely a pale variety of G. squamatus.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
947. Gecinus gorii
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
947
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
20
Common name: 
Hargitts Scaly Bellied Green Woodpecker
M_ID: 
11064
M_CN: 
Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
M_SN: 
Picus squamatus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1298

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