Cinnyris zeylonica

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.

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 zeylonica
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
136
Common name: 
Amethyst Rumped Honey Sucker
M_ID: 
28984
M_CN: 
Purple-rumped Sunbird
M_SN: 
Leptocoma zeylonica
id: 
11442

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