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Singapore, January 2008
Leptocoma brasiliana


10 cm

  • Purple throat
  • Red belly
  • Green head
  • Blackish-grey wings with diagnostic blue scapulars and a blue rump


  • Olive-green below
  • Yellow belly


Asia: India, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas


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


There are 6 subspecies[1]:

Formerly considered conspecific with Purple-throated Sunbird.


Coconut groves, mangroves, second growth and cultivated areas. Forest, and mature gardens, especially where there's flowering trees.



Nectar forms the major part of their diet, but they will also eat small insects.


The female builds an oval nest from spider's web, young roots and other plant fibre; it is placed at a height of about 6 m. The clutch consists of 2 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. teachingtreasures.com.au
  4. Bird Forum Member observations

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