Gecinus striolatus, Blyth.
171. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 287; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 458 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 386.
THE SMALL GREEN WOODPECKER.
Length, 11.5 ; expanse, 17; wing, 5.25; tail, 3.75 ; bill at front, 1.2 ; foot, 2.2.
Bill horny above, yellowish at base and beneath ; irides pink with an outer circle of white ; feet greenish-slaty.
Above green, the rump and upper tail-coverts tinged with yellowish; forehead and lores whitish, mixed with black ; a small white eye-brow, with a black line above it, which is lost on the hind-head ; ear-coverts mixed black and white ; cheek-stripe inconspicuous, with a white line above it; entire under parts whitish, streaked with dusky-green, more or less dark on the breast, and always greenish-black on the belly ; on the throat and foreneck the feathers have each a mesial dusky-black line, widening on the breast, and dividing and becoming scale-like, lower on the abdomen; caudal bars almost obsolete, except on the middle pair, and on the exterior web of the outermost pair in some specimens ; head crimson in the male, black in the female.
The Small Green Woodpecker has been observed in the forests west of Belgaum, and is not uncommon in the jungles at the foot of the Aravalli Range; it has not been recorded from any other part of the district.