French: Souimanga de Loten German: Lotennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Loten
Other common names: Long-billed Sunbird
Geographical variation minimal, restricted to measurements. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. hindustanicus
Whistler, 1944 – S India S from N Maharashtra and C Andhra Pradesh.
C. l. lotenius
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Sri Lanka.
13 cm; male 8–11 g, female 7–8 g. Bill long, heavy and deeply arched. Male has most of upperparts, throat and lesser and median upperwing-coverts very dark,... read more
Song in India a quickly repeated “cheewit-cheewit-cheewit”, 2–6 times, or short musical... read more
Deciduous woodland, open country with trees, cultivation and gardens, particularly around flowering... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, spiders (Araneae) and nectar. Forages singly and in pairs, at various levels. Gleans items; hovers. Nectar-robs flowers by... read more
Nests in India in all months, chiefly Mar–May (but Jan–May in Kerala); in Sri Lanka, Feb–May in dry, low country and Aug... read more
Possible local movements in Nilgiri Hills, in S India.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common to locally common. Range in E possibly extends N to Orissa, where reported from coastal area. Occurs in several protected... read more
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