Species of Thailand

Fire-tailed sunbird

Aethopyga ignicauda, Brian Houghton Hodgson, 1837

(In Thai: นกกินปลีแดงหัวไพลิน)

The fire-tailed sunbird (Aethopyga ignicauda) is a species of sunbird in the family Nectariniidae.

It is found in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, primarily in the Himalayas, and also in some adjoining regions in Southeast Asia. The species occurs in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet.

Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Males reach a length of 15 cm. including their long tail; females are about two-thirds that length. They live in conifer forests at altitudes up to 4, 000 meters, descending into the valleys during the cold season. They eat insects, and also nectar. Both parents take part in feeding the young.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Nectariniidae
Genus
Aethopyga
Species
Aethopyga ignicauda

Common names

  • Thai: นกกินปลีแดงหัวไพลิน

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Fire-tailed sunbird
Fire-tailed sunbird

Range Map

Distribution map of Fire-tailed sunbird, Aethopyga ignicauda in Thailand
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
Range map of Aethopyga ignicauda in Thailand