Van Hasselt's sunbird

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Van Hasselt's sunbird
Leptocoma sperata (male) -Singapore-8a.jpg
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Nectariniidae
Genus: Leptocoma
Species: L. brasiliana
Binomial name
Leptocoma brasiliana
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788)

The Van Hasselt's sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana), is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. 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.[1]


  1. ^ Papers of the Hui Manu, Hawaii State Archives, Collection M-465, Box 2, "Bird Importations, 1930-1955."
  • 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.