745. Pyrrhula aurantiaca

745. Pyrrhula aurantiaca.

The Orange Bullfinch.

Pyrrhula aurantiaca, Gould, P. Z. S. 1857, p. 222 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 390; Hume & Henders. Bah. to Yark. p. 258 ; Hume, N. & F. p. 470; id. Cat. no. 732; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 82 : Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 577 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 455; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 151.

Coloration. Male. A broad black band round the base of the bill; rump, under tail-coverts, axillaries, and under wing-coverts white ; upper tail-coverts, tail, and quills of wing black; lesser and median wing-coverts dusky edged with orange-rufous, the latter subterminally ashy; greater series black, broadly tipped with orange-rufous ; the other parts of the body deep orange.

Female. A broad black band round the base of the bill exactly as in the male; crown, nape, hind neck, and sides of the head ashy brown ; back and scapulars yellowish brown ; rump white ; upper tail-coverts and tail black ; lesser and median coverts like the back but with subterminal ashy bars ; greater coverts black, with broad tips of the colour of the back but paler; throat and breast pale rufous; abdomen dull yellowish; under wing-coverts and axillaries white.

Young males have the sides of the head and the whole lower plumage bright yellow and the upper plumage more or less yellow.

Bill black ; feet fleshy; iris dark brown (Jerdon).

Length about 5.5 ; tail 2.4; wing 3.2; tarsus .65; bill from gape .45.

Distribution. The Hazara country and Kashmir, extending into the adjoining native
Habits, &c. Appears to breed in July, but the nest and eggs have not been taken.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
745. Pyrrhula aurantiaca
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Orange Bullfinch
Orange Bullfinch
Pyrrhula aurantiaca
Vol. 2

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