Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Orange-lined Sunbird (Leptocoma juliae)


French: Souimanga de Julia German: Julianektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Mindanao

Nectarophila juliæ


, 1877,

Malanipa Island, Basilan Straits


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. sperata (and usually with L. brasiliana), but differs in its yellow belly with a reddish-orange ventral line vs bright scarlet belly (3); yellow vs yellow-olive lower belly to vent (1); marginally (sometimes markedly) paler claret mantle, back and wing-coverts (1); also, narrow zone of hybridization around Davao, in SC Mindanao (2). Monotypic.

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W & C Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago (Malanipa, Malamaui, Basilan, Tonquil, Jolo, Siasi, Tawitawi, Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Simunul, Sibutu), in S Philippines.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm. Adult male differs from formerly conspecific L. sperata in having variable amounts of mauve-red gloss and green on crown, dark crimson (instead of red-brown... read more


Apparently undescribed, but no suggestion that its vocalizations differ from those of formerly... read more


Lowlands; in secondary habitats similar to those occupied by L. sperata.

Food and feeding

Nothing known.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: recorded in the Sulu archipelago and part of the Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBAs. Generally common.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Orange-lined Sunbird (Leptocoma juliae). 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 on 19 September 2019).