898. Arachnechthra flammaxillaris.
The Burmese Yellow-breasted Sun-bird.
Nectarinia flammaxillaris, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 557 (1845) ; id. Cat. p. 226. Cyrtostomus flammaxillaris (Bl.), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 739. Arachnechthra flammaxillaris (Bl.), Wald. Ibis, 1870, p. 24; Hume, N. & E. p. 154; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 192; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 260. Cinnyris flammaxillaris (Bl.), Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xxvii, xxxv, 161, pl. 51; Hume, Cat. no. 234 ter; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p, 83 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 320."
Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, sides of the head, back, scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts olive-yellow ; tail black, the middle feathers narrowly tipped with white, the others progressively with larger white tips; chin, throat, and breast rich metallic purple, bordered by rich steel-blue; below the breast a band of orange-red, and another, broader, below the orange band black; axillaries flame-red; abdomen, sides of the body, vent, and under tail-coverts yellow; wings and coverts brown, edged with greenish brown; under wing-coverts yellowish white; edge of the wing bright yellow.
Female. Upper plumage, wings, and tail like the male, but the lower plumage entirely yellow.
Iris light brown; eyelids plumbeous; legs and claws deep bluish black; mouth light salmon-colour; bill blackish. In the breeding-season the mouth becomes livid.
Length 4.5 ; tail 1.4 ; wing 2.1; tarsus .55 ; bill from gape .8.
Distribution. The greater part of Pegu and the whole of Tenasserim. Blyth also records this species from Arrakan. It extends into Siam, Cochin China, and the Malay peninsula.
Habits, &c. Breeds from February to August, constructing a nest similar to that of A. asiatica, with a porch over the entrance, and laying two eggs which are greenish white, marked with greyish ash, and measure about .6 by .45.