Ruby-cheeked Sunbird

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Scientific Name: Chalcoparia singalensis

Malay Name: Kelicap Pipi Merah

Chinese Name: 紫颊直嘴太阳鸟

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia (except the Philippines)

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: assamensis, koratensis, internota, interposita, singalensis, sumatrana, panopsia, 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: Rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Chalcoparia singalensis. 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.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.