Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Gould's Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae) - HBW 13, p. 309

French: Souimanga de Gould German: Gouldnektarvogel 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.