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Photo © by Neil
Singapore, April 2005

Alternative name: Macklot's Sunbird

Leptocoma calcostetha


Photo © by kampang
Singapore, January 2008

12·2–13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Metallic green upperparts
  • Coppery throat
  • Coppery upper breast
  • Deep purple lower breast and belly
  • Green cap
  • Black tail


  • Dark olive upperparts
  • Grey head and throat
  • Greenish-yellow breast and belly
  • Grey under tail coverts
  • White-tipped black tail

Juvenile: similar to the female but has a brown tail


Mangroves and scrub of South East Asia, Palawan and Greater Sundas.


Several Sunbirds (including this one) of the genus Nectarinia have recently been moved into the genus Leptocoma.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo © by darwin1601
Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, October 2018

Coastal mangrove, coconut groves and forest edges.




The pear shaped nest is built by the female from twigs and leaves, often placed in a mangrove tree and facing water. The eggs are pale brown, marked at the larger end. Both sexes care for the young.


The diet consists of nectar and insects for which they forage in the lower and middle storeys.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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