(1322) pitta megarhyncha.
The Large-Billed Blue-Winged Pitta.
Pitta megarhyncha Schleg. Vog. Ned. lad., Pitta, p. 32 (1863) (Isle de Banka); Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 393.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description, Very similar to the Lesser Blue-winged Pitta but with a larger bill; the crown is of a darker brown, with little or no ochre tinge and the coronal streak is absent or obsolete; the back is a much darker duller green.
Colours of soft parts. Iris very dark brown; bill black; legs and feet dark fleshy, the claws more white.
Measurements. Wing 114 to 120 mm,; tail 40 to 43 mm.;. tarsus 39 to 41 mm.; culmen 29 to 34 mm.
The Young bird has the feathers of the head margined with black; the back is a dull brownish-green and the lower parts are duller and browner with little or no indication of the crimson abdomen and vent.
Distribution. Tenasserim South to the Malay Peninsula and the Island of Banka.
Nidification. A, nest of this species found by Darling in an island off Tenasserim is said to have been of the usual type, as, also, was an egg taken from the oviduct of the female.
Habits. Those of the genus. To what extent it is migratory or sedentary still remains to be proved. It is a rare bird and very little has been recorded about it.