Cinnyris zeylonica, Lin.
232. :- Leptocoma zeylonica, Lin.; :- Jerdon's Birds of. India, Vol. I, p. 368; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 390.
THE AMETHYST-RUMPED HONEY SUCKER,
Length, 4.5 ; wing, 2.2 ; tail, 1.5 ; bill in front, 0.63. Irides bright ruby-red; bill and legs black.
Head above and angle of the wing bright metallic glossy-green ; back, scapulars and wing-coverts, deep maroon-red ; wings dusky-brown, the quill edged with cinnamon-brown ; tail black ; throat, heck, rump, and upper tail-coverts fine metallic amethystine-purple ; the rest of the body beneath yellow, divided from the amethyst of. the neck by a narrow maroon bar. The female is dull green above, with a slight tinge of rufous ; the quills edged with pale brown ; the tail dusky-black ; under parts pale yellow, albescent on throat and foreneck.
Young males resemble the females, but have the throat more yellow.
The Amethyst-rumped Honey Sucker is a permanent resident in the Deccan, where- it is not uncommon; it does not occur elsewhere, within our region.