1291. Anthreptes simplex frontalis

(1291) Anthreptes simplex frontalis Blyth.
THE MALAY PLAIN-COLOURED SUNBIRD.
Anthreptes simplex xanthochlora, Fauna B. L, Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 412-
Anthreptes simplex frontalis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 667.
This Plain-coloured Sunbird, of which the type-locality is Singapore, is found all over the Malay Peninsula as far North as Tenasserim and peninsular Siam.
It is a bird of forest and jungle, both in the plains and lower hills up to some 2,000 feet and, though it enters gardens to feed, probably never breeds in them.
Hopwood is the only collector who has taken its neat. This he describes as “resembling a Munia’s nest, but larger and pendulous, the entrance bole near the top but without a portico, made prin¬cipally of grass and fibre, the ends sticking out in all directions. The lining of silk-cotton, thickly felted, and reaching up the sides of the nest to the top.” The nest was attached to the end of a small branch of a Mangrove-tree and was taken on the 17th March at Maungmagan on the sea-coast of Tavoy.
It contained two eggs like the palest type of egg laid by the preceding species. The ground is white faintly tinged with lilac, and it is marked with a few lines and hieroglyphics of purplish black and secondary smears of lilac-grey. The two eggs measure 20.1 x 13.0 and 18.6 x 12.9 mm. ; it is possible they are abnormally or, at least, unusually large.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1291. Anthreptes simplex frontalis
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1291
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
230
Common name: 
Malay Plain Coloured Sunbird
M_ID: 
28850
M_CN: 
Plain Sunbird
M_SN: 
Anthreptes simplex
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14382

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