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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
935. Pitta cucullata
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
935
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
395
Common name: 
Green Breasted Pitta
M_ID: 
12602
M_SN: 
Pitta sordida cucullata
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1275

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