Plain Sunbird

Scientific Name: Anthreptes simplex
Malay Name: Kelicap Kelabu Melayu
Chinese Name: 纯色食蜜鸟

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo


Size: 13 cm

Identification: Male has nondescript femalelike plumage of other sunbird species but has relatively straight bill, dark iridescent blue-green forehead patch and dull greyish olive underparts. Female resembles male but lacks the forehead patch and can also be separated from other female sunbirds by lack of yellow on underparts.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the middle storey.

Local Status: Resident. Presumed extirpated.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Last record was at the Central Catchment Forest on 3 January 2006.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore