Genus ARACHNOTHERA

In the genus Arachnothera the bill is extremely long, about twice the length of the head or longer, much curved, stout at base, and with the culmen ridged between the nostrils. In four out of the five Indian species of this genus the sexes are alike, and in the fifth they resemble each other very closely. The plumage of all is more or less green.

The Sun-birds of this genus are generally found in dense evergreen forests or in thick plantain-gardens in retired spots. They affect the flowers of plantain-trees (Musa) more than those of any other tree and their nests appear to be frequently attached to the leaves of these.

Key to the Species.

a. No yellow on side of head.
a1. Upper plumage streaked.
a2. Back and rump distinctly streaked ; wing 3.7 in males…………………A. magna, p. 369.
b2. Back and rump indistinctly streaked; wing 3.4 in males…………………A. aurita, p. 370.
b1. Upper plumage unstreaked.
c2. Lower plumage uniform ashy green, obsoletely streaked…………………A. modesta, p. 370.
d2. Lower plumage yellow; chin and throat dull white…………………A. longirostris, p. 371.
b. Portion of side of head yellow…………………A. chrysogenys, p. 371

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus ARACHNOTHERA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
368
M_ID: 
29280
M_SN: 
Arachnothera
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1235

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