Brown-throated Sunbird

Scientific Name: Anthreptes malacensis

Malay Name: Kelicap Mayang Kelapa

Chinese Name: 褐喉食蜜鸟

Alternative Name(s): Plain-throated Sunbird

Range: Found throughout Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: malacensis, anambae, erixanthus, bornensis, mjobergi, paraguae, heliolusius, wiglesworthi, iris, chlorigaster, cagayanensis, heliocalus, celebensis, extremus, convergens, rubrigena.

Local Subspecies: malacensis

Size: 14 cm

Identification: Male has dull brownish head-sides and throat, glossy dark green upperparts with iridescent purple shoulder patch and yellow lower breast to vent. Female can be separated from other sunbirds by combination of robust shape, relatively straight bill and broken broad pale yellow eyering.

Similar looking species: Ruby-cheeked Sunbird

Habitat: Parks, gardens, secondary growth, mangroves, forest and forest edge.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents trees as well as low scrubs.

Local Status: Very common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any patch of suitable habitat like Singapore Botanic Gardens, Satay by the Bay, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Central Forest and Sungei Buloh.


BirdLife International. (2016). Anthreptes malacensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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