Scientific Name: Leptocoma calcostetha
Malay Name: Kelicap Bakau
Chinese Name: 铜喉花蜜鸟
Found from mainland Southeast Asia to the Philippines, Sumatra, Java and Borneo
Size: 14 cm
Male is relatively long-tailed with distinctive iridescent green crown, shoulder-patch and uppertail-coverts, iridescent copper-red throat, purple flanks and blackish lower breast/belly. Female can be separated from other sunbirds by combination of greyish crown and head-sides, white throat and longish tail with white-tipped outer feathers.
Similar looking species: Van Hasselt's Sunbird
Behaviour/Ecology: Keeps mainly to the upper and middle storeys.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Pulau Ubin.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
BirdLife International. (2016). Leptocoma calcostetha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22717794A94552451.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
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.