French: Souimanga à croupion pourpre German: Ceylonnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga cingalés
Subspecies and Distribution
L. z. flaviventris
(Hermann, 1804) – India (from E Gujarat E to Meghalaya and S through entire peninsula) and Bangladesh; unconfirmed records in W Myanmar#R.
L. z. zeylonica
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Sri Lanka.
10 cm; male 7–11 g, female 7–7·9 g. Male nominate race has metallic green crown and shoulder patch, deep chestnut-maroon side of head, nape and back, and... read more
Song a sharp twittering “tityou, tityou, tityou, trr-r-r-tit, tityou…”, also a... read more
Various types of forest and jungle, including secondary forest, at forest edge, in farmland, dry... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars, also spiders (Araneae); also nectar and grapes, and fruits of mistletoes (Loranthaceae) probably eaten.... read more
Laying recorded in all months in India, peaks Mar–May in West Bengal, Dec–Apr and Jul–Sept (after monsoon) in S, and Jun... read more
Resident. In Sri Lanka ascends to highest altitudes during NE monsoon.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Possible occurrence in W Myanmar requires corroboration. An important propagator of mistletoes, but... read more
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