900. Arachnechthra minima

900. Arachnechthra minima.

The Small Sun-bird.

Cinnyris minima, Sykes, P. Z. S. 1832, p. 99; Shelley, Mon. Nect. pp. xxvii, xxxiv, 143, pl. 46; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 572; Hume, Cat. no. 233; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 62; Davison, S. F. x, p. 362; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 136. Nectarinia minima (Sykes), Blyth, Cat. p. 226. Leptocoma minima (Sykes), Horsf. M. Cat. ii, p. 742; Jerd. B. I. i, p. 369; Hume, N. & E. p. 150; Fairbank, S. F. iv, p. 256; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 392. Arachnechthra minima (Sykes), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 263.

The Tiny Honey-sucker, Jerd.

Coloration. Male. Forehead and crown metallic green; back and scapulars deep crimson ; rump and upper tail-coverts metallic red, glossed with lilac; tail black; lesser and median wing-coverts black, tipped with crimson ; remaining coverts and quills dull black; sides of the head dull black; chin and throat metallic lilac; sides of neck and the upper breast crimson, followed by a band of black; remainder of lower plumage yellow; axillaries and under wing-coverts pale yellowish white.

Female. Upper plumage and sides of the head and neck olive-green ; rump and upper tail-coverts dull red; tail dark brown, edged with rufous; whole lower plumage yellow; wings brown, each feather edged with olive-green.

Bill, legs, and feet black; iris dark brown (Davison).

Length 3.5 to 4; tail 1.3; wing 1.9; tarsus .6; bill from gape .6.

Distribution. The Western Ghats of India from about the latitude of Bombay down to Cape Comorin ; Ceylon. This species is found up to 6000 feet.

Habits, &c. Breeds in the Nilgiris in September and October, making a nest of the usual type, and laying two eggs, which are dull white marked with grey and brown, and measure about .62 by .42.

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: 
900. Arachnechthra minima
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
900
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
376
Common name: 
Small Sun Bird
M_ID: 
28987
M_CN: 
Crimson-backed Sunbird
M_SN: 
Leptocoma minima
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1227

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith