932. Pitta megarhyncha.
The Larger Blue-winged Pitta.
Pitta megarhyncha, Schleg. Vog. Ned, Ind., Pitta, p. 32, pl. 4, fig. 2 (18C3); Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 242 ; Hume, Cat. no. 345 ter; Oates, B. B. i, p. 410; Sclater, Cat. B. M. xiv, p. 421; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 285, note. Brachyurus megarhynchus (Schleg.), Elliot, Ibis, 1870, p. 414, pl. xii.
Coloration. Very similar to P. cyanoptera, but differing slightly in coloration, larger, and with a much longer bill. The coronal streak is obsolete or altogether absent, the brown of the head is darker, the breast is paler, and the black collar narrower.
Bill black ; iris deep brown ; legs and feet dark fleshy.
Length 9 ; tail 1.7 ; wing 4.7 ; tarsus 1.6; bill from gape 1.6.
Distribution. Southern Pegu and Tenasserim from Moulmein southwards. This species appears to visit Pegu and the more northern parts of its range in Tenasserim in May, and to depart in July, but in Southern Tenasserim it is probably a resident. Its range extends down the Malay peninsula, and it is also found in Banka.
Habits, &c. The nest of this species has not yet been found within Indian limits. Further south in the Malay peninsula a nest was found in April, and appears to have been of the usual type.