Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Bates's Sunbird (Cinnyris batesi)


French: Souimanga de Bates German: Einfarb-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Bates

Cinnyris batesi


, 1908,

River Ja, Cameroon, and Camma River, Gabon




E Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and from Nigeria and S Cameroon E to N Congo and Central African Republic, and S, including Bioko, to S Gabon; also NW Angola (Cabinda), E, C & SE DRCongo and extreme NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 5·7–7 g. Male is dark olive above, with faint pale stripe above eye, dark brown wings edged pale yellow, black tail widely edged green-olive,... read more


Song a quiet trill followed by nasal “ts-tsp” or repetitions of “ts”. Calls... read more


Primary forest, forest edges and cultivations with tall trees, also clearings and secondary growth. read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, berries, fruits, insects and spiders (Araneae). Forages singly and in small groups in canopy; joins mixed-species flocks. Visits... read more


Laying recorded in Jul and Dec in Cameroon, Feb in DRCongo and Feb–Mar in Gabon. Nest a pouch made of pappus, leaves and cobwebs,... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon in most of its range, but may be overlooked. Common in Cameroon and locally common in Equatorial Guinea and in Gabon. Densities of... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Bates's Sunbird (Cinnyris batesi). 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).