Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Bannerman's Sunbird (Cyanomitra bannermani)


French: Souimanga de Bannerman German: Bannerman-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Bannerman

Cyanomitra verticalis bannermani

C. H. B. Grant and Mackworth-Praed

, 1943,

Kayoyo, Katanga, southern DRCongo


Specific name sororia, based on a specimen from Calandula (Malanje), in N Angola, is a synonym of present name. Monotypic.


N, W & E Angola, S DRCongo (Katanga) and NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 14 g. Male has metallic greenish-blue hood covering head, neck and chin to upper breast, with violet reflections on throat and upper breast; upperparts olive-green,... read more


Song a sequence of c. 5 “chuk” notes before “purz-urr-wee” wheeze. Call... read more


Riverine forest and moist evergreen forest, sometimes entering miombo woodland.

Food and feeding

Few data. Nectar, termites (Isoptera) and spiders (Araneae) recorded as eaten.


Egg-laying in Sept in Zambia. Only known nest was big, 18 cm tall (from point of attachment to base), 10 cm wide and 9 cm deep (but extra... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Angola; not uncommon elsewhere in range.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Bannerman's Sunbird (Cyanomitra bannermani). 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).