Friday, 7 February 2014

Aethopyga siparaja (Crimson Sunbird) - Sikkim Bird

Aethopyga siparaja (Crimson Sunbird - Male)

Venue: Chujachen, Rongli,  East Sikkim

Date: January 6, 2014
Pic: Swarup Rai







Scientific classification

Kingdom:       Animalia
Phylum:          Chordata
Class:             Aves
Order:            Passeriformes
Family:           Nectariniidae
Genus:            Aethopyga
Species:          A. siparaja

Binomial name: Aethopyga siparaja (Raffles, 1822)

Other Names:  crimson sunbird

Special feature:  The male Crimson Sunbird is known for its attractive prominent crimson head, back, throat and upper breast.
However, an adult male during the non-breeding period sheds most of his crimson feathers on his head and breast, taking on an eclipse dress. When the next breeding season comes, he will develop his colourful plumage once again. (besgroup.org/)


The Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) was declared the National Bird of Singapore on Oct. 31, 2015.

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