Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Bocage's Sunbird (Nectarinia bocagii)


French: Souimanga de Bocage German: Bocagenektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Bocage

Nectarinia bocagii


, 1879,

Caconda, Angola


This species and N. purpureiventris, N. tacazze and N. kilimensis sometimes placed in genus Chalcomitra, or in a separate genus Sclaterornis. Monotypic.


S DRCongo (S Kasai Occidental) and Angola (highlands from Malanje, N Bié and W Lunda Sul S to Benguela and N Huíla; NE Lunda Norte; Ninda, in Moxico).

Descriptive notes

Male 19 cm, 14·5–15 g; female 14 cm. Male breeding is dark iridescent violet, reflecting blue-green, above; graduated tail black, edged violet, elongated central... read more


Loud “wiep-wiep” call, and “tsiek-tsiek” uttered by quarrelling males.


Woodlands, such as Baikiaea plurijuga woodland, fringes of miombo woodland and montane... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, probably also insects. Feeds from mistletoes (Loranthaceae), Erythrina and Sabicea africana. Forages singly and... read more


Laying in Feb in Angola and Jan and Oct in DRCongo. Male courts female in fast zigzagging flights. Large nest composed of fibres, lined... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Bocage's Sunbird (Nectarinia bocagii). 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).