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iEGITHIiVA. 343 underparts are also paler and duller. The pale edges to the tail- feathers are more conspicuous. Non-hreeding male. Paler and duller than the other races and with the tail green, not blackish.

Distribution. Soutli Central India. There are specimens in the British JMuseum, chiefly from the Hume collection, from the followiog places :— 8augor, Jliansi, Jubbulpore, Eaipur, Seoni, Mhow, etc., roughly embracing S. and W. Eajpiitana, the Central Provinces and the United Provinces south of the Granges.

Nidification and Habits in no way different from those of the other races. I have named this bird after Allan O. Hume, who pointed out the differences at considerable length in ' Stray Eeathei's,' ¥*j p. 437^ 5"- The type is $ , No. 86.9.1.143, British Museum Coll., dated 12.5. 70, Raipur.

(365) Mgithmsi viridissima.

The Green Iora.

Io7-a viridissima Bonap., Consp, Av., i, p. 379 (1850) (Sumatra).
^githina viridissivia. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 231.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. — Adult male. The whole plumage dark green, becoming yellow on the abdomen and vent; lores blackish; feathers above and below the eye bright yellow; under tail- coverts pure yellow; under wing-coverts white; tail glossy black; wing-coverts black with white tips forming two wing-bars; quills black, narrowly edged with green and the inuer secondaries broadly edged on both webs with white.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown or reddish brown; bill slaty or plumbeous blue, the culmen and tip black; legs and feet plumbeous blue.

Measurements. Total length about 130 mm.; wing 60 to 65 mm.; tail about 45 to 46 mm.; tarsus about 17 to 18 mm.; culmen about 12 to 13 mm. Female and young male. Above paler than the adult male and the tail edged with yellow; the wing-coverts are brown, instead of black, with yellowish wing-bars; the quills are dark brown and the whole lower plumage is pale greenish yellow.

Distribution. Peninsular Burma and Siam, down the Malay Peninsula to Borneo and Sumatra.

Nidification. Nest and eggs sent me by Mr. AV. A. T. Ivellow from the foot-hills beyond Perak are indistinguishable from those of ^Eijithlna tlphia. The nests were taken in thin scrub-jungle

  • and were placed in vertical forks of bushes. The eggs measure

17'8x 13-9 mm. They were taken in May.

Habits. Similar to those of the Common Iora, though this is apparently more of a jungle, and less of a village, bird than that is.