949. Gecinus viridanus.
The Burmese Scaly-bellied Green Woodpecker.
Picas viridanus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xii, p. 1000 (1843) ; xiii, p. 394. Gecinus dimidiatus, apud Blyth, Cat. p. 58, nec Temm. Gecinus viridanus, Horsf. M. Cat. ii, p. 660; Walden, P. Z. S. 1866, p. 539; Beavan, Ibis, 1869, p. 414; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 76; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 48 ; Hargitt, Ibis, 1888, p. 166; id. Cat. B. M. xviii, p. 47; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 566; vii, p. 432. Gecinus vittatus, apud Hume & Oates, S. F. iii, p..68; Armstrong, S. F. iv, p. 310; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 136; Hume, Cat. no. 171 bis; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 163, nee Vieill.
Very similar to G. striolatus, but larger, the bill and tail longer, the malar band much more marked, owing to the feathers having much broader black median stripes, the scale-like markings on the lower parts much broader, so that the lower Coloration is alto-gether darker, the greenish brown predominating over the white on the abdomen and especially on the lower tail-coverts, whilst the reverse is the case in G. striolatus. As a rule in the present species the rump is greenish yellow, not clear yellow or orange. The upper parts are generally green as in G. striolatus, but are sometimes darker and sometimes bronzy green.
Irides dull lake; bill above dark, below yellowish, orbits slate-lavender ; legs greenish (Wardlaw Ramsay).
Length 13; tail 4.2 ; wing 5.6 ; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape 1.6.
Distribution. Throughout Arrakan, Pegu and Tenasserim, and down the Malay Peninsula to Salanga and into Siam.