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.