Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Near Threatened

Red-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes rhodolaemus)


French: Souimanga à gorge rouge German: Rotkehl-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga gorjirrojo

Anthreptes rhodolæma


, 1878,

Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia


Close to A. malacensis and A. griseigularis. Proposed race aeneus, described from E Borneo (Labuan Klambu, in Kalimantan), considered indistinguishable from birds in rest of range. Monotypic.


Patchily from extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and S peninsular Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; male 11·2 g, female 11·6 g. Male has crown to mantle dark metallic green, maroon band across upper back, rest of back, rump and uppertail-coverts violet... read more


Various chirps and metallic trills; song a high "sit-sit-sit-see" or slurred "sit-... read more


Various forest types, including peatswamp-forest, secondary growth, plantations, clearings and... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, including caterpillars, also spiders (Araneae); also pollen, nectar and small fruits, including figs (Ficus).... read more


Eggs in late Apr and fledglings mid-Aug in Malay Peninsula; in Borneo, birds with active gonads in Jun–Sept and fledgling in Aug in N... read more


Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globbally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon in Myanmar and Malay Peninsula; rare in Sumatra; very uncommon in Borneo. Possible occurrence on... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Red-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes rhodolaemus). 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).