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Species of Thailand

Van Hasselt's sunbird

Leptocoma brasiliana, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, 1788

(In Thai: นกกินปลีคอสีม่วง)

Van Hasselt's sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana), is a species of bird in the family Nectariniidae. It is found in Northeast India, Bangladesh and Southeast Asia.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

It used to be considered a subspecies of the purple-throated sunbird.

In 1939, a group of bird lovers in Hawaii known as the Hui Manu released 28 of these birds on various parts of the leeward side of Oahu in Hawaii in an attempt to get them to become established there; none appeared have succeeded.

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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

Leptocoma brasiliana

Common names

  • Thai: นกกินปลีคอสีม่วง

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Van Hasselt's sunbird, Leptocoma brasiliana in Thailand
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kanthararom District, Sisaket
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park
  • Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khuan Khanun District, Phatthalung
  • Khung Kraben Non-Hunting Area
  • Khura Buri District, Phang Nga
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Ko Chang District, Trat
  • Ko Chang National Park
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok
  • Pang Sida National Park
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Sattahip District, Chonburi
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
  • Tarutao National Marine Park
  • Tha Chana District, Surat Thani
  • Tha Phae District, Satun
  • Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area
  • Yan Ta Khao District, Trang
Range map of Leptocoma brasiliana in Thailand