908. Arachnothera modesta

908. Arachnothera modesta.

The Grey-breasted Spider-hunter.

Anthreptes modesta, Eyton, P. Z. S. 1839, p. 105. Arachnothera modesta (Eyton), Hume, S. F. iii, p. 85; Hume Dav. S. F. vi, p. 176; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xlix, 1, 353, pl. 113; Hume, Cat. no. 224 bis; Gadow, Cat, B. M. ix, p. 107; Oates, B. B. i. p. 329.

Coloration. The whole upper plumage and wing-coverts bright yellowish green, the feathers of the head dark-centred ; quills dark brown, broadly edged with the colour of the back, the tertiaries almost wholly of this colour ; sides of the neck and the upper part of the ear-coverts olive-green; cheeks, the lower portion of the ear-coverts, chin, throat, and fore neck ashy green, obscurely streaked with brown ; remainder of the lower plumage ashy green, paler on the abdomen, and the under tail-coverts tipped yellowish white ; median tail-feathers yellowish green, broadly tipped with black; the others blackish, the basal two thirds of the outer webs yellowish green, and each of the feathers with a spot of white near the tip on the inner web; edge of the wing bright yellow: under wing-coverts and axillaries pale yellow.

Legs and feet reddish ochre to pale reddish brown ; the upper mandible black, the lower reddish horny to pale reddish brown; irides brown (Davison).

Length 7 ; tail 2.2 ; wing 3.5; tarsus .75; bill from gape 1.5.

Distribution. Tenasserim from the base of Muleyit mountain to Malawun, extending to Cochin China, the Malay peninsula and the islands.

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: 
908. Arachnothera modesta
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Grey Breasted Spider Hunter
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter
Arachnothera modesta
Vol. 2

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