Cinnyris minima

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.

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 minima
Spp Author: 
Sykes.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
137
Common name: 
Tiny Honey Sucker
M_ID: 
28987
M_CN: 
Crimson-backed Sunbird
M_SN: 
Leptocoma minima
Term name: 
id: 
11443

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