French: Souimanga à joues rubis German: Rubinwangen-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga carirrubí
J. F. Gmelin
Ceylon; error = Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. assamensis
Kloss, 1930 – C Nepal (from Chitwan) E to NE India (S from Assam), Bangladesh, N Myanmar, N Thailand and S China (W & S Yunnan).
C. s. internota
(Deignan, 1955) – S Myanmar and S Thailand (S to Isthmus of Kra).
C. s. interposita
Robinson & Kloss, 1921 – peninsular Thailand S of Isthmus of Kra.
C. s. koratensis
Kloss, 1918 – E Thailand and Indochina.
C. s. singalensis
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Peninsular Malaysia S from N Perak.
C. s. sumatrana
Kloss, 1921 – mainland Sumatra, Lingga Archipelago and Belitung.
C. s. panopsia
Oberholser, 1912 – islands off W coast of Sumatra (Banyak Is, Nias I, Batu Is).
C. s. pallida
Chasen, 1935 – N Natuna Is.
C. s. borneana
Kloss, 1921 – Borneo (including Banggi I).
C. s. bantenensis
(Hoogerwerf, 1967) – W Java.
C. s. phoenicotis
(Temminck, 1822) – C & E Java.
10–11 cm; male 8·2–9·1 g, female 8·6 g. Male nominate race is dark with brilliant emerald-green iridescence above; upperwing blackish, with... read more
Song a shrill rising trill ending in short double note, followed by descending trill ending in 2... read more
Various forest types, including mangroves, regenerating forest, and forest edge, also coastal and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars, and probably spiders (Araneae); also fruit, pollen and nectar. Forages in upper storey, occasionally lower... read more
Nest-building in Feb (Mizoram) and laying end Mar to Jun in India; laying Mar and May–Aug in Myanmar, at least Mar–Aug in Malay... read more
None recorded. Possibly crosses water to reach Singapore.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare in Nepal and Bhutan, but locally common in other parts of NE Indian Subcontinent; common in Thailand and uncommon to common in Malay Peninsula;... read more
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