935. Pitta cucullata

935. Pitta cucullata.

The Green-breasted Pitta.

Pitta cucullata, Hartl. Rev. Zool. 1843, p. 65; Blyth, Cat. p. 157 ; Horsf. &, M. Cat. i, p. 399 ; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 504; Davison, S. F. v, p. 457 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 243; Hume, Cat. no. 346; Oates, B. B. i, p. 414; Sclater, Cat. B. M. xiv, p. 442 ; Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. ii, p. 286. Melanopitta cucullata (Hartl.), Hume, N. & E. p. 225. Brachyurus cucullatus (Hartl.), Elliot, Mon. Pitt. pl. xxviii; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 109.

The Green-breasted Ground-Thrush, Jerd.; Phattim-pho, Lepch.

Coloration. The crown from the nostrils to the nape rich rufous-brown ; lores, cheeks, ear-coverts, chin, throat, and a collar surrounding the head black; breast and sides of the body pale greenish blue ; the abdomen black; lower abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts crimson; back, scapulars, and rump dark glossy green; upper tail-coverts and all the^smaller wing-coverts bright ultramarine-blue; primaries black, with a large white patch on each feather ; secondaries black, with the terminal half of the outer webs edged broadly with greenish blue ; tertiaries wholly dark green ; the larger wing-coverts dull green ; tail black, tipped with blue ; under wing-coverts black.

Bill black; inside of mouth dusky fleshy ; iris dark coffee-brown ; eyelids plumbeous ; legs and claws fleshy pink.

Length about 7.5; tail 1.6; wing 4.5; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape 1.05.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Nepal to Assam; Tipperah ; the Khasi hills; Manipur ; Pegu and Tenasserim. Blyth records this species from Arrakan. It extends down the Malay peninsula.

Habits, &c. Breeds from April to July, making a globular nest of leaves, twigs, and fibres on the ground, and laying four eggs, which are white marked with purple and measure about 1.07 by .84.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
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935. Pitta cucullata
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Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Green Breasted Pitta
Pitta sordida cucullata
Vol. 2
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