923. Prionochilus ignicapillus.
The Crimson-breasted Flower-pecker.
Dicaeum ignicapilla, Eyton, P. Z. S. 1839, p. 105. Prionochilus percussus (Temm), apud Blyth, Cat. p. 227 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 751; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 196; Hume, Cat. no. 240 quat.; Oates, B. B. i, p. 339, Prionochilus ignicapillus (Eyt.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 65.
Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage, sides of the head and neck, and lesser wing-coverts dull blue ; a patch of crimson on the centre of the crown; tail brown, washed with blue on the outer webs; greater wing-coverts brown, edged with dull blue; quills brown, edged with lighter blue; a narrow white moustachial streak down the cheeks ; point of the chin white ; under wing-coverts and axillaries pure white ; the whole lower plumage deep yellow, paler on the vent and under tail-coverts and washed with green on the sides of the body ; a large patch of crimson on the breast.
Female. "Upper plumage green ; wings and tail dark brown edged with green; a pale red patch on the crown; sides of the head green tinged with grey; an ashy-grey moustachial streak; lower plumage dull ashy green, suffused with yellow on the breast and abdomen.
The young resemble the female but have no coronal patch.
Legs, feet, claws, and lower mandible dark plumbeous; upper mandible black ; iris dark brown (Davison) iris red-brown (Wardlaw Ramsay).
Length 3.8; tail 1.2; wing 2.2; tarsus .55; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. Procured hitherto within our limits only at Bankasun at the extreme southern point of Tenasserim. The range of this bird extends down the Malay peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo.