French: Souimanga de Gould German: Gouldnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Gould
Other common names:
Mrs Gould's Sunbird
Himalayas = Simla–Almora district, north India
Subspecies and Distribution
A. g. gouldiae
(Vigors, 1831) – Gould's Sunbird – Himalayas from N India (Sutlej Valley E to Arunachal Pradesh) E to S China (Kobdo, in SE Xizang).
A. g. isolata
E. C. S. Baker, 1925 – NE India (Assam S of R Brahmaputra, Meghalaya, Nagaland except extreme E, Manipur), E Bangladesh (S to Chittagong Hills) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
A. g. dabryii
(J. P. Verreaux, 1867) – Scarlet-breasted Sunbird – C & S China (including Pome, in SE Xizang) S to extreme NE India (extreme E Nagaland), Myanmar (except W & S) and N Indochina; non-breeding also S Myanmar (S to N Tenasserim) and N Thailand.
A. g. annamensis
Robinson & Kloss, 1919 – Annam Sunbird – S Laos (Bolovens Plateau) and SC Vietnam (Langbian Mts).
Male 14–15 cm, 6·5–8 g; female 10 cm, 6·1 g. Relatively short-billed sunbird, male long-tailed. Male nominate race has metallic violet crown, ear-... read more
Song described as a powerful, sharply seesawing sound. Calls include sharp scissors-like “... read more
Various forest types, including oak (Quercus) forest, ridgetop forest and conifers, scrub-... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, spiders (Araneae) and insects. Forages at all levels, typically among lower branches and undergrowth; often at mistletoes (... read more
Season mid-Mar to mid-Jun in Nepal and Apr–Aug in India. Nest pear-shaped or oval, 14 × 7 cm, entrance with reinforced rim... read more
Seasonal altitudinal movements in higher parts of range; some post-breeding movement in NE India... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon in India, but locally common in E; widespread but uncommon in Nepal; frequent in Bhutan; not uncommon in Myanmar. Possibly only a... read more
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