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 13 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 5 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 5 years ago 10 sec 4.3
A male foraging in a tree. Locality Dirang, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India (ssp gouldiae)
Josep del Hoyo 13 April 2014 14 weeks ago 29 sec 4
male responding to Collared Owlet recording Locality Longcanggou, Yingjing County, Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp dabryii)
Martin Kennewell 22 May 2013 1 year 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 4 years ago 9 sec 3.8
bird on a bush Locality Doi Lang, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp dabryii)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 21 January 2014 31 weeks ago 18 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 19 photos
male perched on branch
Locality Doi Inthanon National Park, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp dabryii)
Tom Heijnen 28 November 2012 1 year ago 4.5
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 1 year ago 4.4
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 2 years ago 4.4
A perched male.
Locality Samdrup Jongkhar District, Bhutan (ssp gouldiae)
Ken Havard 26 April 2011 2 years ago 4.4
A male on a branch
Locality Arunachal Pradesh, India (ssp gouldiae)
Jan Wendeby 15 January 2008 37 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Moxi Town, Luding County, Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp dabryii)
auf 19 April 2012 2 years ago 4.2