Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Javan Sunbird (Aethopyga mystacalis)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga écarlate German: Scharlachnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Java
Taxonomy:

Nectarinia mystacalis

Temminck

, 1822,

Java

.

Formerly considered conspecific with A. temminckii. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Java.

Descriptive notes

Male 12 cm, female 9 cm. Male has bright crimson head to breast and back, except for iridescent purple crown and malar stripe, yellow streaking on breast; rump yellow,... read more

Voice

Soft but ringing “tseep-tzeep, cheet-cheet”.

Habitat

Hill dipterocarp forest, lower montane forest and secondary forest, and forest edge; usually at 800... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet thought to comprise nectar and small arthropods. Forages in pairs in upper levels of forest.

Breeding

Breeding in almost all months; laying recorded in Jan, Mar–Jun and Oct. Nest pendulous, said to be similar to those of other sunbirds... read more

Movements

Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Restricted-range species: present in Java and Bali Forests EBA. Not uncommon.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Javan Sunbird (Aethopyga mystacalis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60087 on 19 September 2019).