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.