Order Passeriformes

Family Nectariniidae

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  • 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.
  • 15 genera, 147 species, 395 taxa.
  • 7 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R., Mann, C. & Bonan, A. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52346 on 14 December 2019).