Copper-throated Sunbird

Scientific Name: Leptocoma calcostetha

Malay Name: Kelicap Bakau

Chinese Name: 铜喉花蜜鸟

Range: Found from mainland Southeast Asia to the Philippines, Sumatra, Java and Borneo

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 14 cm

Identification: 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

Habitat: Mangroves

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.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Leptocoma calcostetha. 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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