Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Ruby‑cheeked Sunbird Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Arachnothera magna
Family : Nectariniidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : All kind of forests
Description : The Ruby-cheeked Sunbird is a small, colourful passerine with an orange throat and yellow belly (length 11 cm, wing 5.3 cm, bill 1.5 cm, tarsus 1.6 cm, tail 4.2 cm approximately). The male is visibly different from the female. The male has a metallic green crown, nape, back, rump and upper tail coverts. The wings and tail are dark blackish. Its cheek is shiny ruby to purplish when it catches the light. It has a rufous-orange throat and breast, and yellow belly. The female has dull olive-green upperparts, a light rufous-orange throat and breast, and yellow belly, but lacks the ruby cheek. It feeds on insects and nectar. It breeds in March-June.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.