Metallic-winged Sunbird (Aethopyga pulcherrima) - HBW 13, p. 306
French: Souimanga montagnard
Spanish: Suimanga Submontano
Other common names: Mountain Sunbird
Taxonomy: Aethopyga pulcherrima Sharpe, 1876, Basilan, Philippines.
No obvious close relatives, but has been suggested that this species forms a superspecies with A. duyvenbodei. Proposed race dubia (described from Dinagat) seems insufficiently distinct from nominate to be tenable. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- jefferyi (Ogilvie-Grant, 1894) - N & C Luzon, in N Philippines.
- pulcherrima Sharpe, 1876 - Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Dinagat, Siargao, Mindanao and Basilan.
- decorosa (McGregor, 1907) - Bohol.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
front and side view of perched male Locality Mount Polis, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippines (ssp jefferyi)
Martin Kennewell 17 March 2012 1 year ago 21 sec 4
A male singing and foraging and then a female. Locality Luzon, Philippines (ssp jefferyi)
Desmond Allen 4 years ago 22 sec 3.2
A brief slow motioned view of an adult male perched and flying away Locality Mount Polis, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippines (ssp jefferyi)
Martin Kennewell 20 February 2004 4 years ago n/a 2.6
Male calling from flowering shrub just above trail Locality Awan-Igid trail, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippines
Desmond Allen 2 January 2008 3 years ago 4
Female calling from flowering shrub Locality Awan-Igid trail, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippines
Desmond Allen 23 February 2009 3 years ago 3.5