Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Anchieta's Sunbird (Anthreptes anchietae)


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

Nectarinia anchietae


, 1878,

Caconda [Huíla], Angola


See A. reichenowi. Monotypic.


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 28 February 2020).