Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Anchieta's Sunbird (Anthreptes anchietae)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga d’Anchieta German: Buntbauch-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Anchieta
Taxonomy:

Nectarinia anchietae

Bocage

, 1878,

Caconda [Huíla], Angola

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See A. reichenowi. Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & E Angola, SE DRCongo, Zambia (Northern, Eastern and Central Provinces, rarely westwards), and SW Tanzania S to Malawi (W of Rift Valley) and adjacent NW Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

10–12 cm; 8 g. Both sexes unmistakeable: mostly brown above and bright orange-red and yellow below. Male has forehead and crown and chin to upper breast dark iridescent... read more

Voice

Song complex, including sounds such as “tseu-werr”, “tsoo-wit”, “tser-wit-tsui-tsi”, “chip-choo-... read more

Habitat

Brachystegia (Brachystegia) woodland and areas of degraded woodland, where favours rocky... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and nectar; also fruits. Visits flowers of Crossopterix, Erythrina, Faurea saligna, Protea,... read more

Breeding

Breeds in Feb, Aug and Sept in Tanzania, and laying in Sept–Dec in Malawi and Apr–May in Zambia. Domed nest, with side entrance... read more

Movements

Absent from Zambian sites in rainy season, but no data on distances moved; also, local wandering in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon or locally common in most of range. Occurs in Kasungu National park, Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary and Dzalanyama Reserve, in Malawi.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Anchieta's Sunbird (Anthreptes anchietae). 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/59972 on 19 September 2019).