Genus ANTHOTHREPTES

The genus Anthothreptes contains a few Sun-birds which are closely allied to Arachnechthra in structure. In Anthothreptes, however, the bill is deeper, and the lower mandible is straight or nearly so instead of being well curved downwards. The sexes are structurally the same, but differ in colour.

The birds of this genus appear to make nests dissimilar to those of the genus Arachnechthra. That of A. malaccensis is described as being oval in shape, with a hole on one side near the top, and constructed of cocoanut-fibres &c. This nest, as figured in Shelley's Monograph, is attached directly to a branch, and has none of the cord-like connection between the nest and the point of attachment so usual in the nests of the other Sun-birds.
Key to the Species.

a. Lower plumage streaked …………………A. hypogrammica, p. 365.
b. Lower plumage plain.
a1. Whole upper plumage dark metallic.
a2. Sides of head greenish yellow…………………A. malaccensis p. 366.
b2. Sides of head rufous…………………A. rhodolaema , p. 367.
b1. Whole, or nearly whole, of the upper plumage plain green,
c2. Front of crown metallic dark green…………………A. simplex p. 367.
d2. Front of crown plain green like remainder of upper plumage.
a3. Bill from gape .8…………………A. malaccensis, p. 366 & A. rhodoleama, p. 367
b3. Bill from gape .7…………………A. simplex p. 367.

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 ANTHOTHREPTES
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
365
M_ID: 
28902
M_SN: 
Hypogramma
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1229

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