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Male, Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Yeshey Dorji
Taba, Western Bhutan, August 2004

Alternative name: Gould's Sunbird

Aethopyga gouldiae


Male 14–15 cm (5½-6 in), female 10 cm (4 in)
Male has a long tail

  • Nominate male has a violet crown


Male, Subspecies annamensis
Photo © by Lathers
Dalat, Vietnam, January 2019

Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand



Female, Subspecies annamensis
Photo © by Lathers
Dalat, Vietnam, January, 2019

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • A. g. gouldiae:
  • Himalayas (Sutlej Valley to Arunachal Province and south-eastern Tibet)
  • A. g. gouldiae isolata:
  • A. g. gouldiae dabryii:
  • Western China (Xinjiang to Sichuan and Yunnan) to Burma, northern Laos
  • A. g. gouldiae annamensis:
  • Southern Laos (Bolavens Plateau) and southern Vietnam (Langbian Plateau)


Mixed Bluepine forest, up to 3600m, and city parks



Their main diet consists of necta, spiders and insects.


They construct an oval or pear-shaped nest.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Gould's Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60080 on 31 March 2020)

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