903. Anthothreptes malaccensis.
The Brown-throated Sun-bird.
Certhia malaccensis, Scop. Del. Flor. et Faun, Insulr. ii, p. 91 (1786). Nectarinia malaccensis (Scop.), Blyth, Cat. p. 225. Anthreptes malaccensis (Scop.), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 737; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xliii, xliv, 315, pl. 102; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 186; Hume, Cat. no. 233 ter ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 324. Anthothreptes malaccensis (Scop.), Gadoiv, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 122 (part.).
Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, nape, back, and sides of the neck metallic lilac, according to the light; rump and upper tail-coverts metallic violet-purple; lores and sides of the head dull greenish yellow; a stripe from the gape down the side of the throat coppery purple ; chin and throat cinnamon-brown ; lower plumage yellow, tinged with green on the flanks and vent; under wing-coverts and axillaries yellowish white; tail bluish brown, edged with metallic purple on the outer webs; lesser and most of the median wing-coverts brilliant purple; the longer median coverts and scapulars olive-brown, tipped with cinnamon ; greater coverts olive-brown, edged with cinnamon; quills brown, edged with olive-green, with a tinge of ferruginous.
Female. The upper plumage and the sides of the head yellowish green ; the ear-coverts with pale shaft-stripes; lower plumage yellow, with a tinge of green on the sides; tail brown, tipped very narrowly with whitish and edged on the outer webs with yellowish green ; wings and coverts dark brown, edged like the tail.
According to Davison the legs vary a good deal, but are generally more or less green; claws green ; bill dark horny brown or nearly black, the gape orange; irides light red to dark brown.
Length 5.2; tail 1.9 ; wing 2.7 ; tarsus .6 ; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. Blyth records this species from Arrakan in general, and Hume from Akyab. It does not appear to occur in Pegu, but it is found in Tenasserim from Amherst southwards. It extends down the Malay peninsula to the islands, and also to Siam.