Scientific Name: Chalcoparia singalensis
Malay Name: Kelicap Belukar
Chinese Name: 紫颊直嘴太阳鸟
Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia (except the Philippines)
Polytypic. Subspecies are: assamensis, internota, koratensi,
interposita, singalensis, panopsia, sumatrana, pallida, borneana, bantenensis, phoenicotis
Local Subspecies: singalensis
Size: 11 cm
Identification: Male resembles Brown-throated Sunbird with iridescent dark green upperparts but has iridescent copper-red ear-coverts, pale orange-rufous throat and upper-breast. Female can be distinguished from other sunbirds by its greenish-olive upperparts, pale orange-rufous throat and upper-breast and yellow belly.
Similar looking species: Brown-throated Sunbird
Habitat: Forest and mangroves.
Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the canopy and middle storey.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Only a single confirmed record of a female photographed and seen at close range by a group of visiting British birdwatchers at Central Catchment Forest on 24 Sep 2005. There were also unconfirmed records from Pulau Ubin and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
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