Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

Named after their most prominent looking color, Crimson Sunbirds are nectar feeders mistaken by many as hummingbirds in India which are never found outside of Americas in nature!! The flamboyant crimson color and high pitched calls of chweet-chweet-chweet make it easy to notice this bird though its very small (approx. 10cms in size). The beak is a typical nectar feeding one and most of the times, these birds are seen drinking nectar in weird ways like upside down, etc. Female Crimson Sunbirds look very similar to many other Sunbirds with olive-yellow colored wings with darker olive-brown body. Go through this Checklist to see other birds seen in the campus!

Common Name: Crimson Sunbird                     Scientific Name: Aethopyga siparaja

Global Status: Least Threatened                        Campus Status: number ~10

Local Names: Assamese:                                   Size: ~ 10-12 cms

Distinctive Identifiers:

1. Crimson Mantle, throat and breast

2. Purple Crown

3. Olive wings with slightly light belly

4. Metallic violet streaks on sides of throat extending from beak

5. Shiny blue tail with extended middle feathers

Here are some pictures to your aid in identification and to enjoy their beauty!!

Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird showing purple crown

Crimson Sunbird showing purple crown

Crimson Sunbird showing violet streaks

Crimson Sunbird showing violet streaks

Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird bottom view Picture Courtesy: Satyadeep Karnati