Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis) - HBW 13, p. 309

French: Souimanga à queue verte German: Grünschwanz-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Coliverde
Other common names: (Nepal) Yellow-backed/Green-throated Sunbird

Taxonomy: Cinnyris nipalensis Hodgson, 1837, Chandragiri Pass, central Nepal.
Race horsfieldi intergrades with nominate in W Nepal. In India, proposed race griseiceps (from Ghoom, near Darjeeling) considered inseparable from nominate and ripleyi (from Mawryngkneng, in Khasi Hills) synonymized with koelzi. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • horsfieldi (Blyth, 1843) - W Himalayas in N India (Mussoorie, in W Uttaranchal) and W Nepal.
  • nipalensis (Hodgson, 1837) - W Nepal E to Sikkim and Darjeeling (N India).
  • koelzi Ripley, 1948 - Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland S to Chittagong Hills) E to S China (S Xizang E to C Sichuan and NW Yunnan) and N Vietnam.

     See all 9 subspecies
  • horsfieldi (Blyth, 1843) - W Himalayas in N India (Mussoorie, in W Uttaranchal) and W Nepal.
  • nipalensis (Hodgson, 1837) - W Nepal E to Sikkim and Darjeeling (N India).
  • koelzi Ripley, 1948 - Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland S to Chittagong Hills) E to S China (S Xizang E to C Sichuan and NW Yunnan) and N Vietnam.
  • victoriae Rippon, 1904 - W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
  • karenensis Ticehurst, 1939 - SE Myanmar (Karen Hills).
  • angkanensis Riley, 1929 - NW Thailand (Doi Inthanon).
  • australis Robinson & Kloss, 1923 - S peninsular Thailand (S of Isthmus of Kra).
  • blanci Delacour & Greenway, 1939 - Laos.
  • ezrai Delacour, 1926 - S Vietnam (Da Lat Plateau).