Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata) - HBW 13, p. 310

French: Souimanga sombre German: Schwarzkehl-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Gorjinegro
Other common names: Hodgson’s/Black-breasted Sunbird

Taxonomy: Cinnyris saturata Hodgson, 1836, Nepal.
Geographical variation extremely well marked in some cases, isolated race wrayi perhaps approaching species level. Birds in Cambodia (except SW) of uncertain racial identity. Proposed race ariel, described from near Nokrek (in Garo Hills), in NE India, considered inseparable from assamensis. Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • saturata (Hodgson, 1836) - Himalayas from N India (Garhwal and Mussoorie) E to Nepal, Bhutan and S China (SE Xizang).
  • assamensis (McClelland, 1839) - NE India, N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • petersi Deignan, 1948 - E Myanmar, extreme N Thailand, N Laos, N Vietnam and SE China (SE Yunnan, W Guangxi).

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  • saturata (Hodgson, 1836) - Himalayas from N India (Garhwal and Mussoorie) E to Nepal, Bhutan and S China (SE Xizang).
  • assamensis (McClelland, 1839) - NE India, N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • petersi Deignan, 1948 - E Myanmar, extreme N Thailand, N Laos, N Vietnam and SE China (SE Yunnan, W Guangxi).
  • galenae Deignan, 1948 - NW Thailand.
  • sanguinipectus Walden, 1875 - SE Myanmar.
  • anomala Richmond, 1900 - S Thailand (S to Trang).
  • wrayi Sharpe, 1887 - Malay Peninsula S of Trang.
  • ochra Deignan, 1948 - S Laos and C Vietnam.
  • cambodiana Delacour, 1948 - SW Cambodia.
  • johnsi Robinson & Kloss, 1919 - S Vietnam.