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 34 weeks ago 39 sec 4.5
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 5 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 4 years ago 30 sec 4
Purple-rumped Sunbird female is nesting in my home gallery. This shooting was done by remote controlled surveillance camera.So Locality Nashik Division, Maharashtra, India (ssp purple rumped sunbird)
Satish Gogate 16 July 2013 38 weeks ago 15 sec 3.8
The bird is seen paying a short visit in the morning to flowers of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Locality Pune, Pune Division, Maharashtra, India
Jayant Ghate 25 January 2014 11 weeks ago 16 sec 3.7
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A female perched
Locality Thengumarahada, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp flaviventris)
vasanthan.p.j 24 July 2010 3 years ago 4.5
Sun basking Sunbird male.
Locality Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Jayaram Jahgirdar 1 year ago 4.4
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 29 weeks ago 4.4
Locality Marakollya, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp zeylonica)
Guy Poisson 13 January 2011 3 years 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 20 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Thrissur District, Kerala, India (ssp flaviventris)
harikamal 16 August 2011 2 years ago 4.3