1292. Arachnothera chrysogenys intensiflava

(1292) Arachnothera chrysogenys intensiflava.

The Tenasserim Yellow-eared Spider-Hunter.

Arachnothera chrysogenys intensiflava Stuart Baker, Bull. B. 0. 0., xlvi, p. 14 (1925) (Kossoom, Tenasserim). Arachnothera chrysogenys. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 371.

Vernacular names. None recorded*

Description. Above olive yellowish-green, the feathers of the crown with concealed dark centres; coverts and quills dark brown edged with the colour of the back but rather brighter; a short supercilium and lengthened tuft of feathers behind and above the gape brilliant yellow ; ear-coverts, sides of head and neck like the back ; chin, throat and upper breast ashy-green, the feathers edged with brighter yellow, the lower breast becoming more yellow and changing entirely to,yellow on the abdomen, vent and under tail-coverts; flanks washed with ashy-green ; axillaries and under wing-coverts pale dull yellowish.

Colours of soft parts. Ms brown;-bill dark horny-brown, the edges of both mandibles yellowish to within about 15 mm. of the tip ; legs and feet fleshy-white.

Measurements. Wing: 77 to 88 mm.; tail 37 to 43 mm.; tarsus 17 to 18 mm.; culmen 34 to 38 mm,

Distribution. Tenasserim from Mergui South to Malacca and Singapore Island.

Nidification. Not known.

Habits. Very little recorded. Davison remarks that "it affects gardens more than any of the other species ; in fact all our specimens were obtained in gardens and none about coco-nut groves and forest trees; and though, of course, it must occasionally occur about these also, I do not think I have ever observed it in forest or scrub jungle, or anywhere except in or about villages. In all its habits it resembles the other species."

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1292. Arachnothera chrysogenys intensiflava
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Common name: 
Tenasserim Yellow Eared Spider Hunter
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter
Arachnothera chrysogenys
Vol. 3

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