French: Souimanga de Hasselt German: Blauglanz-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga ventrigranate
J. F. Gmelin
Brazil; error = Java
Subspecies and Distribution
L. b. brasiliana
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – NE India (Assam, Tripura, Manipur), Bangladesh hills and W & SW Myanmar S to S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra (and islands off W coast except Simeulue), and W Java and Borneo.
L. b. emmae#R
Delacour & Jabouille, 1928 – Cambodia, S Laos and S Vietnam (probably also this race in Tonkin).
L. b. mecynorhyncha
(Oberholser, 1912) – Simeulue I (off W Sumatra).
L. b. eumecis
(Oberholser, 1917) – Anamba Is, off E Peninsular Malaysia.
L. b. axantha
(Oberholser, 1932) – N Natuna Is.
9–10 cm. Adult male nominate has crown and nape iridescent emerald-green, face, neck and mantle deep black and slightly glossy, back to uppertail-coverts iridescent viridian... read more
Song “psweet, psweet, psweet, psweet, psweet, psweet…psit-it, psitit, psweet, psweet…” or “sip-sip-... read more
Found in many forest types, including Melaleuca and peatswamp-forest, heath forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars and aphids (Aphidoidea); also nectar, fruit and seeds, e.g. of Saraca thaipingensis, Justicia... read more
Laying recorded in Feb–May in Bangladesh, Apr–May and Jul in Thailand, probably late Jan–May and Jul (nestbuilding seen late Feb, Apr, May... read more
Some seasonal movements recorded in Bangladesh and on Borneo. Apparently regularly crosses water to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rare in India (no recent records in Tripura, Mizoram or Manipur); common in E Bangladesh (Sylhet), mainly Oct to mid Jan,... read more
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