French: Souimanga sombre German: Schwarzkehl-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga gorjinegro
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. saturata
(Hodgson, 1836) – Black-throated Sunbird – Himalayas from N India (W Uttarakhand) E to Nepal, Bhutan and S China (SE Xizang).
A. s. assamensis
(Horsfield, 1840) – #RNE India, W & N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
A. s. petersi
Deignan, 1948 – E Myanmar, N Thailand, N Laos, N Vietnam and SE China (SE Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong).
A. s. galenae
Deignan, 1948 – NW Thailand.
A. s. sanguinipectus
Walden, 1875 – SE Myanmar (Kayah S to Tenasserim).
A. s. anomala
Richmond, 1900 – S Thailand (S to Trang).
A. s. wrayi
Sharpe, 1887 – Malay Peninsula S of Trang.
A. s. ochra
Deignan, 1948 – S Laos (Bolovens Plateau) and C Vietnam.
A. s. cambodiana
Delacour, 1948 – SE Thailand and SW Cambodia.
A. s. johnsi
Robinson & Kloss, 1919 – Langbian Sunbird – S Vietnam (Langbian Mts).
Male 14–15 cm, 5·5–6·5g; female 10 cm, 5·5 g. Male with elongated central tail feathers. Male nominate race has crown and nape metallic... read more
Song a twittering containing series of sharp, high-pitched “swi”, “tis” and... read more
Primary forest, heavily disturbed forest and regenerating secondary forest, dense jungle edge,... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, including that from Aeschynanthus, Rhododendron and Lantana, and perhaps pollen; also arthropods.... read more
Laying in Jan–Mar in India, Feb–May and Sept in Nepal, Apr in Myanmar; in Malay Peninsula, laying calculated as Feb–Apr... read more
Mostly resident. Kown to make some seasonal altitudinal movements in higher parts of range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in India, Nepal and Bhutan; uncommon in Thailand; common to uncommon in Malay Peninsula. Status in Bangladesh uncertain; may... read more
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