Subfamily NECTARINIINAE

The Sun-birds of this subfamily are characterized by a slender body and an attenuated bill; by the sexes being different, and by the males having bright metallic colours in their plumage, the females being of a dull green or yellow colour.

Key to the Genera.

a. Covering-membrane of nostril feathered…………………CHALCOSTETHA, p. 345.
B. Covering-membrane of nostril bare.
a1. Lower mandible of bill distinctly curved downwards.
a2. Males with middle tail-feathers elongated; rump yellow ; females with lower plumage green…………………AETHOPYGA, p. 346.
b2. Both sexes with short, rounded tails ; females yellow beneath…………………ARACHNECHTHRA, p. 357.
b1. Lower mandible of bill straight or nearly so…………………ANTHOTHREPTES, p. 365.

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: 
Subfamily NECTARINIINAE
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
343
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
1204

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