Cinnyris lotenia

Cinnyris lotenia, Lin.

205.~Arachnecthra lotenia, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 372; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 390.

THE LARGE PURPLE HONEY SUCKER.

Length, 5.5; wing, 2.3; tail, 1.6; tarsus, 0.6 ; bill at front, 1. Bill and legs black; irides dark brown.

Above, brilliantly glossed with metallic green and purple; abdomen dull brownish-black ; axillary tuft yellow and red; wings and tail black, the latter slightly glossed purple ; throat and breast rich purple ; a narrow bright maroon collar separates the purple of the breast from the back of the abdomen.

Within our limits, the Large Purple Honey Sucker only occurs on the Western Ghats and in the adjacent forests, also in the forests west of Belgaum and perhaps in the Konkan, but it is nowhere common.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Cinnyris lotenia
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
138
Common name: 
Large Purple Honey Sucker
M_ID: 
29199
M_CN: 
Loten's Sunbird
M_SN: 
Cinnyris lotenius
Term name: 
id: 
11445

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