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Copper-throated Sunbird

From Opus

Photo © by Neil  Singapore, April 2005
Photo © by Neil
Singapore, April 2005

Alternative name: Macklot's Sunbird

Leptocoma calcostetha


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by kampangSingapore, January 2008
Photo © by kampang
Singapore, January 2008

12·2–13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Metallic green upperparts
  • Coppery throat
  • Coppery upper breast
  • Deep purple lower breast and belly
  • Green cap
  • Black tail


  • Dark olive upperparts
  • Grey head and throat
  • Greenish-yellow breast and belly
  • Grey under tail coverts
  • White-tipped black tail

Juvenile: similar to the female but has a brown tail

[edit] Distribution

Mangroves and scrub of South East Asia, Palawan and Greater Sundas.

[edit] Taxonomy

Several Sunbirds (including this one) of the genus Nectarinia have recently been moved into the genus Leptocoma.

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Photo © by darwin1601Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, October 2018
Photo © by darwin1601
Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, October 2018

Coastal mangrove, coconut groves and forest edges.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding


The pear shaped nest is built by the female from twigs and leaves, often placed in a mangrove tree and facing water. The eggs are pale brown, marked at the larger end. Both sexes care for the young.

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of nectar and insects for which they forage in the lower and middle storeys.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from

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