Order Passeriformes

Family Nectariniidae

Sunbirds
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General
  • Small, slender passerines with long, usually decurved bill, some with long tail; many brightly coloured, most with some iridescence, particularly in male.
  • Old World.
  • All vegetated habitats.
  • 8-23 cm.
  • 16 genera, 132 species, 396 taxa.
  • 7 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R., Mann, C. & Bonan, A. (2017). Sunbirds (Nectariniidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52346 on 27 March 2017).