890. Aethopyga saturata

890. Aethopyga saturata.

The Black-breasted Yellow-backed Sun-bird.

Cinnyris saturatus, Hodgs. Ind. Rev. ii, p. 273 (1837). Nectarinia saturata (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 224. Aethopyga saturata (Hodgs.), Horsf. & M. Cat ii, p. 735; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 367; Wald. Ibis, 1870, p. 36; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 98 ; Hume, N. & E. p, 147; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 70; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xx, xxi, 35, pl. 11; Hume, Cat. no. 231; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 15 ; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 82; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 250.

The Black-breasted Honey-sucker, Jerd.

Coloration, Male. Forehead, crown, nape, and hind neck metallic steel-blue ; back dark red; lesser wing-coverts, scapulars, and lower back dull deep black; the black of the lower back succeeded by a yellow band; rump and upper tail-coverts metallic steel-blue ; tail dull black except the basal two-thirds of the middle pair of feathers, which are metallic steel-blue ; median, greater, primary-coverts, and winglet dark brown edged with black ; quills brown, edged narrowly with olivaceous ; lores and sides of the head black ; sides of neck dull red; chin, throat, breast, and upper abdomen deep black; a broad moustachial streak metallic steel-blue; remainder of lower plumage pale greenish ; under wing-coverts and axillaries pale yellowish white.

Female. General colour light green; a broad band of light yellow across the rump; the wings and tail margined with olive-green ; the under wing-coverts and axillaries clear pale yellow; the three or four outer pairs of tail-feathers blackish, broadly tipped with dull white.

Bill black; legs brown; iris brown (Jerdon).

Length of male nearly 6; tail 3; wing 2.15; tarsus .55; bill from gape .8; the female has the tail 1.6 and the wing 1.9.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Garhwal to the extreme east of Assam ; the Khasi hills ; Manipur. This species appears to be found up to 5000 feet.

Habits, &c. The nest of this bird appears, from Hodgson's description, to resemble that of AS. seheriae. The breeding-season commences in April. The eggs are described as being white marked with brown and measuring about .6 by .43.

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: 
890. Aethopyga saturata
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Black Breasted Yellow Backed Sun Bird
Black-throated Sunbird
Aethopyga saturata
Vol. 2
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