Family Asities (Philepittidae)

Least Concern

Common Sunbird-asity (Neodrepanis coruscans)


French: Philépitte souimanga German: Nektarjala Spanish: Filepita-suimanga común

Neodrepanis coruscans


, 1875,





E Madagascar, from at least Tsaratanana Massif and E slopes of Manongarivo in N, S to Andohahela and Tsitongambarika.

Descriptive notes

9·5–10·5 cm. Tiny, short-tailed, with remarkably long and decurved bill, short legs. Adult male breeding has bright blue head with large, mostly sky-blue... read more


Single quiet, squeaking notes; also very rapidly repeated series of hisses, c. 10–15 notes,... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of primary mid-elevation and lower montane rainforest. Sea-level to c. 1500 m... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly nectar, from a wide range of pink, red and white flowers, including Bakerella, Impatiens humblotiana, Hedy... read more


Little known. Nest-building recorded in Aug–Jan. Possibly polygynous. Displays not documented. Female builds suspended ovoid nest... read more


Unclear; some evidence of seasonal presence in high-plateau forests at Ambohitantely. Otherwise,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread. Although restricted to primary forest at middle and lower montane levels, this habitat is the most abundant natural... read more

Recommended citation

Hawkins, F. & Bonan, A. (2018). Common Sunbird-asity (Neodrepanis coruscans). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 November 2018).