Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Anjouan Sunbird (Cinnyris comorensis)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga d’Anjouan German: Anjouannektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Anjuán
Taxonomy:

Cinnyris comorensis

W. K. H. Peters

, 1864,

Anjouan, Comoro Islands

.

See remarks under C. sovimanga (above). Molecular work suggests that present species belongs with C. sovimanga, but multiple plumage and vocal characters countermand their lumping#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Anjouan, in Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; male 7·3–9 g, female 6·8–7·5 g. Male has crown to upper back, throat to upper breast, and lesser and median upperwing-coverts glossy... read more

Voice

Song a variable jumbled series of notes. Calls include sharp “pit pit”; “tweedle-... read more

Habitat

Forest and thickets, at 90–855 m.

Food and feeding

Diet insects, spiders (Araneae) and plant material. Few other details available.

Breeding

Juveniles seen in Sept and birds with active gonads in Sept–Oct. Nest constructed from very fine grass, covered on outside with... read more

Movements

Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Common throughout the island.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Anjouan Sunbird (Cinnyris comorensis). 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/60067 on 19 September 2019).