Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Anjouan Sunbird (Cinnyris comorensis)


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

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.


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


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


Forest and thickets, at 90–855 m.

Food and feeding

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


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


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 on 19 September 2019).