Species of Thailand
Anthreptes malacensis, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, 1786
(In Thai: นกกินปลีคอสีน้ำตาล)
The brown-throated sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis), also known as the plain-throated sunbird, is a species of bird in the family Nectariniidae. It is found in a wide range of semi-open habitats in south-east Asia, ranging from Myanmar to the Lesser Sundas and west Philippines. The grey-throated sunbird found in the remaining part of the Philippines is often considered a subspecies of the brown-throated sunbird, but the two differ consistently in measurements and plumage, and there is no evidence of intergradation between them.
The brown-throated sunbird is a relatively large, heavy sunbird with a thick bill. Measuring some 14 cm in length, it has a mass of 7.4 – 13.5 g, with males averaging slightly larger than females.
Like most sunbirds, the male brown-throated sunbird is more colourful than the female. The male has iridescent green and purple upperparts with chestnut on the wing-coverts and scapulars; it is primarily yellow below. The female is olive-green above and yellowish below.
The brown-throated sunbird primarily feeds on nectar, but it will also take small fruits and berries. Juveniles are fed with insects.
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Category / Seasonal Status
BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years
BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident
- Anthreptes malacensis
- Thai: นกกินปลีคอสีน้ำตาล
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)