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Purple-naped sunbird

Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum

Salomon Müller, 1843

In Thai: นกกินปลีท้ายทอยน้ำเงิน

The purple-naped sunbird (Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum) is a species of bird in the family Nectariniidae. It is the only species in the genus Kurochkinegramma. It is found in Southeast Asia from Myanmar to Sumatra and Borneo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

A study published in 2011 appeared to show that the purple-naped sunbird was phylogenetically nested within the genus Arachnothera. A subsequent 2017 study, conducted by some of the same authors and using additional sequence data, found that the purple-naped sunbird occupied a basal position to Arachnothera. It was formerly placed in the genus Hypogramma until it was realised that the name was preoccupied within Lepidoptera.

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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

Scientific classification

Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum

Common names

  • Thai: นกกินปลีท้ายทอยน้ำเงิน

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Purple-naped sunbird

Range Map

Distribution map of Purple-naped sunbird, Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum in Thailand
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Bang Saphan Noi District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Chat Trakan Waterfall National Park
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kaeng Krung National Park
  • Khao Banthat Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Pu - Khao Ya National Park
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Tai Rom Yen National Park
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wang Mai Forest Restoration Project
Range map of Kurochkinegramma hypogrammicum in Thailand