1146. Palaeornis caniceps.
Blyth's Nicobar Paroquet.
Palaeornis caniceps, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, pp. 23, 51, 368 (1846) ; id. Cat. p. 6; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 621; Ball, S. F. i, p. 61; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 178; viii, p. 51; id. Cat. no. 151 ter; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xx, p. 470.
Coloration. Male. Forehead and a broad stripe to each eye, also chin and a wide mandibular band to each side of the neck, black; remainder of head, with back and sides of neck, brownish grey (isabelline), slightly washed with bluish behind and passing gradually into the green of the upper parts, which is yellower on the coverts and darker on the quills; primaries and their coverts black, only bordered with green on the outer webs, bluish towards the base; middle tail-feathers greyish towards the tips, sometimes bluish near the base; lower plumage green like the back; tail-feathers dark dingy yellow below.
The female has the grey of the cap tinged with bluish. Upper mandible red in the male, black in the female, lower mandible black in both; iris orange-red; feet plumbeous green.
Length about 24; tail 14; wing 8.5; tarsus .8: bill from cere 1.1.
Distribution. Nicobar Islands. A skin brought by Cantor from Penang was probably, like some other specimens of Cantor's, both of birds and mammals, derived from a caged individual.
Habits, &c. Davison, the only naturalist who has had good opportunities of observing this bird wild, says it is usually found singly or in very small parties, that keep much to high trees, and frequently utter a peculiar wild screeching note. The flight is very rapid.