Gould's Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae) - HBW 13, p. 309
French: Souimanga de Gould
Spanish: Suimanga de Gould
Other common names: Blue-throated/Simla Yellow-backed Sunbird
Taxonomy: Cinnyris gouldiae Vigors, 1831, Himalayas = Simla-Almora District, north India.
Additional proposed races are trochiloidea (described from Blue Mountain, in Lushai Hills of NE India) and melittae (Mt Victoria, in W Myanmar), both subsumed in isolata, and harrietae (Phu Kobo, near Xiengkhouang, in Laos) and bangsi (Hongsurkou, in Hubei, in C China), which are synonymized with dabryii. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- gouldiae (Vigors, 1831) - Himalayas from N India (Sutlej Valley E to Arunachal Pradesh) E to S China (Kobdo, in SE Xizang).
- dabryii (J. Verreaux, 1867) - breeds C & S China (including Pome, in SE Xizang) S to extreme NE India (extreme E Nagaland), Myanmar (except W & S) and N Indochina; non-breeding also Manipur, N Cachar, S Myanmar (S to N Tenasserim) and N Thailand.
- isolata Stuart Baker, 1925 - NE India (Assam S of R Brahmaputra, Nagaland except extreme E, Manipur), E Bangladesh (S to Chittagong Hills) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
- annamensis Robinson & Kloss, 1919 - S Laos and SC Vietnam.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 14 videos
A male calling excitedly in response to a recording of the Collared Owlet. Locality Tanung Valley, Da Lat Plateau, Annam, Vietnam (ssp annamensis)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2008 7 years ago 36 sec 4.6
A male and a female moving in a tree, excited. Locality Loxo Pass, Annam, Vietnam (ssp annamensis)
Josep del Hoyo 27 April 2008 7 years ago 10 sec 4.3
Male and female on same locations Locality Thimphu, Thimphu District, Bhutan
Sonam Dorji 8 July 2014 1 year ago 4 sec 4
A male foraging in a tree. Locality Dirang, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India (ssp gouldiae)
Josep del Hoyo 13 April 2014 1 year ago 29 sec 4
male responding to Collared Owlet recording Locality Longcanggou Nature Reserve, Yingjing County, Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp dabryii)
Martin Kennewell 22 May 2013 2 years ago 18 sec 3.8
male feeding in flowers Locality Eaglenest Pass, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India (ssp gouldiae)
Martin Kennewell 16 April 2010 6 years ago 9 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 24 photos
A perched male
Locality Kewzing, South Sikkim District, Sikkim, India
Paul van Giersbergen 1 April 2015 34 weeks ago 4.9
Mrs Gould Sunbird happens to be my favorite bird. During my visit this year to Sikkim I saw these white rhododendrons and wished
Locality Sikkim, India (ssp gouldiae)
Himadri Mondal 16 March 2012 3 years ago 4.4
In a mixed hunting party of Chestnut-tailed Minla, Red-tailed Minla and White-browed Fulvetta
Locality Hilley, West Sikkim District, Sikkim, India
Jainy Kuriakose 27 June 2013 2 years ago 4.3
A perched male.
Locality Samdrup Jongkhar District, Bhutan (ssp gouldiae)
Ken Havard 26 April 2011 4 years ago 4.3
male perched on branch
Locality Doi Inthanon National Park, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp dabryii)
Tom Heijnen 28 November 2012 2 years ago 4.3
A male on a branch
Locality Arunachal Pradesh, India (ssp gouldiae)
Jan Wendeby 15 January 2008 2 years ago 4.3