Scientific Name: Chalcoparia singalensis
Malay Name: Kelicap Pipi Merah
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, koratensis, internota, interposita, singalensis, sumatrana, panopsia, pallida, borneana, bantenensis, phoenicotis.
Local Subspecies: singalensis
Size: 11 cm
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 (BirdLife International 2016)
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.
BirdLife International. (2016). Chalcoparia singalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
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