Purple-throated sunbird

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Not to be confused with Purple-throated sunangel.
Purple-throated sunbird
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Male in Singapore
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Female in Singapore
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Nectariniidae
Genus: Leptocoma
Species: L. sperata
Binomial name
Leptocoma sperata
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Nectarinia sperata

The purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata), is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests of Maratua and the Philippines.

The Van Hasselt's sunbird was previously considered conspecific.


  • Rasmussen, P.C., and J.C. Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia. The Ripley guide. Volume 2: attributes and status. Smithsonian Institution and Lynx Edicions, Washington D.C. and Barcelona.

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