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Green‑tailed Sunbird Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Aethopyga ignicauda
Family : Nectariniidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Green-tailed Sunbird is a small passerine with a down curved bill and greenish tail (length 11 cm, weight 6.3 g, wing 5.3 cm, bill 2.4 cm, tarsus 1.5 cm, tail 5.2 cm approximately). Its male is visibly different from the female. The male has a metallic blue-green crown and nape, maroon upper back and sides of the neck and black cheek. Its lower back and wings are olive green, the rump is bright yellow and upper tail coverts and long tail are green. It has a metallic blue-green throat and the rest of the underparts are bright yellow streaked with red on the breast. The female is dark olive green above, lighter olive on the rump and undersides, and has a noticeably graduated tail with white outer feathers. It feeds chiefly on nectar and occasionally on insects. It breeds in the hills of northeast India in May-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: ckelkar(www.inaturalist.org/people/ ckelkar),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Ramit Singal(www.xeno-canto.org/Ramit Singal), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.