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(Redirected from Leptocoma minima)
Male in breeding plumage
Photo by Saurabh Sawant
Vengurla, Sindhudurga, Maharshtra, India, 2011
Leptocoma minima


Photo by James Williams
Karnataka, Southern India, May 2005

8cm (3-3¼ in)

  • Iridescent green crown
  • Yellow below with some white
  • Maroon breast band
  • Maroon back and sides of head
  • Purple throat
  • Crimson rump


  • Olive-green back
  • Brown wings
  • Yellow breast
  • Crimson rump

Similar Species

Male looks similar to Purple-rumped Sunbird, but is smaller with broad carmine breast band. Flanks are yellow. No Metallic shoulder patch. Female by crimson rump.


Western Ghats of India. Endemic.


This is a monotypic species[1].

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


Forest, sholas, gardens, flowering trees and bushes in hilly evergreen biotope.



Male, breeding plumage
Photo by kothiala
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala, India, December 2016

Their diet consists of insects, nectar and spiders.


The two eggs are laid into a nest which is suspended from a branch.


Call: chee-chee-which-chee.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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