Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Metallic-winged Sunbird (Aethopyga pulcherrima) - HBW 13, p. 306

French: Souimanga montagnard German: Glanzflügel-Nektarvogel 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.