Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica) - HBW 13, p. 267
French: Souimanga à croupion pourpre
Spanish: Suimanga Cingalés
Other common names: Indian Purple-rumped Sunbird
Taxonomy: Certhia zeylonica Linnaeus, 1766, Sri Lanka.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Genus names Leptocoma and Chalcostetha described simultaneously, on consecutive pages of same publication; former has been selected by First Reviser as having precedence (see page 48). Present species probably closest to L. minima. Geographical variation minimal. Other proposed races, both from peninsular India, are whistleri (described from Muddur, in Karnataka) and sola (from Pondicherry, in Tamil Nadu), both considered unsustainable and included in flaviventris. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- flaviventris (Hermann, 1804) - peninsular India (E to W Meghalaya) and Bangladesh.
- zeylonica (Linnaeus, 1766) - Sri Lanka.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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Nesting and feeding of the chick by Female Purple Rumped sunbird. Locality Nashik Division, Maharashtra, India
Satish Gogate 18 August 2013 1 year ago 39 sec 4.6
A male singing and flying to another branch. Locality Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India (ssp flaviventris)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2009 4 years ago 12 sec 4.5
A male moving among flowers and feeding. Locality Martins Place, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Eldert Groenewoud 24 October 2008 5 years ago 42 sec 4.3
bird sitting on a nest Locality Kitulgala, Western Province, Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 20 August 2014 15 weeks ago 28 sec 4
A male preening and calling Locality Yala (Ruhunu) National Park , Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Greg Baker 31 January 2014 27 weeks ago 19 sec 4
A male feeding on nectar. Locality Bodi Mettu, Theni District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp flaviventris)
Josep del Hoyo 2 December 2009 4 years ago 30 sec 4
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This female was busy eating fruits of the peepal tree
Locality Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India (Monotypic species)
Dalal Jay 24 November 2013 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Thrissur District, Kerala, India (ssp flaviventris)
harikamal 16 August 2011 3 years ago 4.3
Male, side view.
Locality Udawalawa National Park, Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Fran Trabalon 5 January 2012 2 years ago 4.2
पुकुडिचन - Pukudichan in Native Language HINDI - Purple Rumped Sunbird - Closest i got to this Bird
Locality Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India
Rajan Mehrotra 22 September 2013 1 year ago 4.2
A female perched
Locality Thengumarahada, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp flaviventris)
vasanthan.p.j 24 July 2010 4 years ago 4.2
Sunbird chicks peeping out of their nest, awaiting the parent's arrival with food.
Locality Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India
Ragoorao 15 September 2011 2 years ago 4.2