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.