Species Details

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Purple‑throated Sunbird Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Leptocoma zeylonica
Family : Nectariniidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Purple-throated Sunbird is a small passerine with a short square tail and thin downcurved bill (length 10 cm, wing 4.7 cm, bill 1.6 cm, tarsus 1.2 cm, tail 2.8 cm). Its male is visibly different from the female. The male looks blackish from a distance but sunlight reveals a metallic blue back and rump, a metallic green crown, blackish sides to the head, nape, wings and tail, a shiny purple throat, a maroon breast and upper belly and sooty-brown lower belly. The female has olive-green upperparts and sheeks, dull yellowish underparts and white spots on the underside of the tail. It breeds in February-May. It feeds on berries, insects, spiders and nectar.
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: Sanjaya Kanishka(iNaturalist user);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Andrew Spencer(www.xeno-canto.org/Andrew Spencer), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.