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
VideosSee all 19 videos
Nesting and feeding of the chick by Female Purple Rumped sunbird. Locality Nashik Division, Maharashtra, India
Satish Gogate 18 August 2013 2 years 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 5 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 6 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 1 year ago 28 sec 4
A male preening and calling Locality Yala (Ruhunu) National Park , Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Greg Baker 31 January 2014 1 year 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 5 years ago 30 sec 4
PhotosSee all 78 photos
Shot at the Fort Aguada Taj Resort
Locality South Goa District, Goa, India
kunal-ghosh 4 July 2015 9 weeks ago 4.7
Lateral view of a bird perched
Locality Masinagudi, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (Monotypic species)
vasanthan.p.j 22 January 2010 5 years ago 4.5
A close-up of a beautiful female
Locality Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India
Dalal Jay 24 November 2013 1 year ago 4.4
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 4 years ago 4.3
Male, side view.
Locality Udawalawa National Park, Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Fran Trabalon 5 January 2012 3 years ago 4.2