Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Fork-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga latouchii)


French: Souimanga à queue fourchue German: Gabelschwanz-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de La Touche

Æthopyga latouchii


, 1891,

Chiong Pô, in hills west of Shantou


Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. christinae, but differs in its olive vs black mantle, scapulars, wing-coverts and back (3); dark blood-red vs maroon chin to upper breast (2); yellowish vs whitish lower breast to vent (1); and slightly shorter bill (mean 17.6 mm vs 18.2 although n=4 for christinae; allow 1). Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. l. latouchii Slater, 1891 – SE China (E Sichuan E to Fujian, S to Guangxi and Guangdong), N Vietnam and C Laos.
  • A. l. sokolovi Stepanyan, 1985 – S Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Fork-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga latouchii). 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 16 February 2019).