907. Arachnothera aurata.
The Smaller Streaked Spider-hunter.
Arachnothera aurata, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 478 (1855); Hume, S. F. iii, p. 85; Blyth & Walden, Birds Burm. p. 140; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xlix, 35], pl. 112; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 174; Hume, Cat. no. 223 bis; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 105; Oates, B. B. i, p. 328; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) vii, p. 395.
Coloration. Resembles A. magna very closely. Differs in being smaller and in having the striations on both the upper and lower plumage much narrower and almost or quite absent on the lower back.
Bill black, the margins of the lower mandible yellow; mouth yellow; iris brown; eyelids plumbeous ; legs orange-yellow; claws yellow.
Length about 6.5 ; tail 1.8 ; wing 3 to 3.4; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape 1.6.
Distribution. Confined to Pegu. This species is found throughout the Pegu hills and it has also been procured both at Thayetmyo and Toungngoo. It is also recorded from the Karen hills east of the latter town. The late Captain Beavan is said to have procured this bird at Kyodan on the Salween river.