Cinnyris minima, Sykes.
233. :- Leptocoma.minima, Sykes. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 369; Butler, Deccan'; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 380.
THE TINY HONEY SUCKER.
Length, 3.5 to 3.75 ; expanse, 5.25 to 5.75 ; wing, 1.8; tail, 1 to 1.2 ; tarsus, 0.5 ; bill at front, 0.65.
Head and nape fine metallic-green ; back, scapulars, and wing-coverts, rich bright sanguine-red ; rump the same, but with a fine violet ,or amethystine gloss; wings and tail dusky-brown; throat and neck fine amethystine ; the rest of the lower parts yellow.
The female is olive brown above, with a red rump, and pale yellow beneath.
Major Butler says : " Permanent resident on the Ghats. Common, as a rule, all along the Sahyadri Range from Goa to Khandalla; extending often to the adjacent forests." He also obtained a specimen of two at Belgaum, where, however, it is only a rare seasonal visitant.
It has not been recorded from elsewhere within our limits.