French: Souimanga à queue verte German: Grünschwanz-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga coliverde
Chandragiri Pass, central Nepal
Subspecies and Distribution
A. n. horsfieldi
(Blyth, 1843) – W Himalayas in N India (Uttarakhand) and W Nepal.
A. n. nipalensis
(Hodgson, 1836) – #RGreen-tailed Sunbird – W Nepal E to Sikkim and Darjeeling (N India).
A. n. koelzi
Ripley, 1948 – Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland S to Chittagong Hills) E to S China (S Xizang E to C Sichuan and NW Yunnan), N Myanmar and NW Vietnam.
A. n. victoriae
Rippon, 1904 – NE India (Lushai Hills) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
A. n. karenensis
Ticehurst, 1939 – E Myanmar (Karen Hills).
A. n. australis
Robinson & Kloss, 1923 – S peninsular Thailand (S of Isthmus of Kra).
A. n. blanci
Delacour & Greenway, 1939 – Laos.
A. n. ezrai
Delacour, 1926 – S Vietnam (Da Lat Plateau).
A. n. angkanensis
Riley, 1929 – Doi Inthanon Sunbird – NW Thailand (Doi Inthanon).
Male 14–15 cm, 5·5–8 g; female 10 cm, 5·4–6·5 g. Long-tailed sunbird with rather long, heavy-based curved bill. Male nominate race has... read more
Song “tchiss tchiss-iss-iss-iss”, beginning high, then a low note, followed by a rising... read more
Various forest types, including primary forests (such as submontane and montane), woodland, scrub-... read more
Food and feeding
Food thought to be small arthropods and nectar. Forages singly and in small, loose groups; often in canopy, but also at lower levels.
Laying in Apr–Jun in India and Nepal, and inThailand nest-building in Feb (in N) and birds with enlarged gonads in Apr. Nest an... read more
Seasonal altitudinal movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in NW & NC India but common in NE; widespread and common in Nepal; common in Bhutan; locally common in Myanmar above 1800 m; locally... read more
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