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 13 videos
A male singing and flying to another branch. Locality Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India (ssp flaviventris)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2009 3 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 4 years ago 42 sec 4.3
A male feeding on nectar. Locality Bodi Mettu, Theni District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp flaviventris)
Josep del Hoyo 2 December 2009 3 years ago 30 sec 3.8
2 shots of a male Locality Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2008 4 years ago 26 sec 3.3
A male feeding in the flowers Locality Kindlebag, Goa, India (ssp flaviventris)
Tom Tarrant 31 October 1997 9 years ago 24 sec 3.1
A male sings from a tree. Locality Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp flaviventris)
Carmelo López 23 April 2010 1 year ago 14 sec 3
PhotosSee all 44 photos
Locality Marakollya, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Guy Poisson 13 January 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Sun basking Sunbird male.
Locality Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Jayaram Jahgirdar 13 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Thrissur District, Kerala, India (ssp flaviventris)
harikamal 16 August 2011 1 year ago 4.3
A female perched
Locality Thengumarahada, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp flaviventris)
vasanthan.p.j 24 July 2010 2 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 34 weeks ago 4.2
on a drinking plate
Locality Vagator, North Goa District, Goa, India
Lior Kislev 4 March 2011 1 year ago 4.1