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 9 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 4 years ago 36 sec 4.5
A male and a female moving in a tree, excited. Locality Loxo Pass, Annam, Vietnam (ssp annamensis)
Josep del Hoyo 27 April 2008 4 years ago 10 sec 4.2
male feeding in flowers Locality Eaglenest Pass, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India (ssp gouldiae)
Martin Kennewell 16 April 2010 3 years ago 9 sec 3.8
A male, and briefly a female at the end, moving excitedly in a tree. Locality Langbian Mountain, Da Lat Plateau, Annam, Vietnam (ssp annamensis)
Josep del Hoyo 18 April 2008 4 years ago 33 sec 3.6
Immature male. Locality Doi Lang, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp dabryii)
Daniêl Jimenez 9 December 2010 2 years ago 7 sec 3.2
A immature male bird foraging around. Locality Doi Lang, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp dabryii )
Yoel Jimenez 9 December 2010 2 years ago 13 sec 3.2
PhotosSee all 11 photos
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 47 weeks ago 4.4
A perched male.
Locality Samdrup Jongkhar District, Bhutan (ssp gouldiae)
Ken Havard 26 April 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Moxi Town, Luding County, Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp dabryii)
auf 19 April 2012 46 weeks ago 4.1
A male perched on a branch.
Locality Tanung Valley, Da Lat Plateau, Annam, Vietnam (ssp annamensis)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2008 4 years ago 4
A female on a branch.
Locality Punakha District, Bhutan (ssp gouldiae)
Ken Havard 13 April 2011 1 year ago 3.9
Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Aethopyga gouldiae dabryii, male. common on Wuwushan Mountain
Locality Wawu Shan, Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp dabryii)
BirdExplorers 5 June 2011 1 year ago 3.5