French: Souimanga menu German: Däumlingsnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga mínimo
Other common names: Small Sunbird
Western Ghats, Deccan, west India.
Western Ghats (from N of Mumbai, S to hills of S Kerala), in W India.
8 cm; male 4–6 g, female 4–5 g. Very small. Male breeding has crown iridescent green, side of face blackish, upperwing and tail blackish-brown with lilac gloss,... read more
Squeaky song “see-see-whi-see-see-siwee…” lasting 5–10 seconds, frequently repeated; also... read more
Evergreen forest, sholas, plantation shade trees, secondary growth and gardens; 300–2100 m,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, spiders (Araneae) and nectar. Forages singly, in pairs or in small groups. Active and acrobatic; clings upside-down to plants,... read more
Laying recorded in Feb–Mar, May and Dec in Mumbai area, Sept–Apr in Kerala but May–Oct in Nilgiris. Nest a neat, rounded... read more
Local movement; absent from most of Nilgiris Oct–Mar.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Locally common. Claimed occurrence in Sri Lanka (and reports of breeding in Mar–Apr) in... read more
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