899. Arachnechthra andamanica.
The Andaman Sun-bird.
Arachnechthra frenata (Mull.), apud Ball, J. A. S. B. xli, pt. 2, p. 280; id. S. F. i, p. 65. Arachnechthra andamanica, Hume, S. F. i, p. 404, ii, p. 198; Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. ii, p. 262. Cinnyris andamanicus (Hume), Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xxvii, 157, pl. 50 ; Hume, Cat. no. 234 quat.; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 83.
Coloration. Male. Differs from the male of A. flammaxillaris in having a longer bill, the pectoral tufts pale yellow, unmixed with red, the maroon and black bands below the breast nearly absent, the band surrounding the chin, throat, and breast steel-green instead of blue, and in frequently having a pale supercilium.
Female. Resembles the female of A. flammaxillaris, from which it only differs in having the bill longer.
Bill, legs, and feet black; iris deep brown (Hume).
Of the same size as A. flammaxillaris, with the exception of the bill, which measures .9 to 1 from gape to tip according to sex.
Distribution. The Andaman Islands.
Habits, &c. A nest of this species was found on the 3rd March with two eggs. The nest appears to have been very similar to that of A. asiatica. One egg measured .67 by .48.