909. Arachnothera longirostris

909. Arachnothera longirostris.

The Little Spider-hunter.

Certhia longirostra, Lath. Ind. Om. i, p. 299 (1790). Arachnothera affinis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 43 (1846) ; id. Cat. p. 222. Arachnothera pusilla, Blyth, Cat. p. 328 (1849) ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 730; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 361; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 85. Arachnothera longirostra (Lath.), Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xlix, l, 357, pl. 114; Fairbank, S. F. v, p. 397; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 174 ; Hume, Cat. no. 224; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 103 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 330; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 135; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 80.

Coloration. Male. Upper plumage olive-green, the feathers of the forehead and crown centred with dark brown; lesser wing-coverts like the back ; greater coverts and the wings brown, edged with olive-green; tail blackish, tipped with dull white and obsoletely margined with olive-green; lores whitish ; sides of the head ashy brown ; a short moustachial streak dark brown; chin and throat dull white ; remainder of lower plumage deep yellow ; a tuft of feathers on each side the breast chrome-yellow.

Female. Differs in wanting the pectoral chrome-yellow tufts.

Bill above brown, below plumbeous- iris dark brown; legs plumbeous; claws horn-colour.

Length 6.3; tail 1.6; wing 2.6 ; tarsus .65 ; bill from gape 1.5.

Distribution. The Western Ghats of India from the Palni hills to about the latitude of Belgaum, up to about 5500 feet; the extreme eastern part of Assam; Cachar; Tipperah; Sylhet; Manipur; Chittagong; Arrakan; Pegu and the whole of Tenasserim, extending down the Malay peninsula to the islands.

Habits, &c. The nest of this species has not yet been found within Indian limits, but Bernstein, who procured it elsewhere, describes it as being oval and attached to the underside of a large leaf which forms the back wall of the nest.

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: 
909. Arachnothera longirostris
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Little Spider Hunter
Little Spiderhunter
Arachnothera longirostra
Vol. 2

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