Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Congo Sunbird (Cinnyris congensis)


French: Souimanga du Congo German: Kongonektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga congoleño

Nectarinia congensis

van Oort

, 1910,

Boma, Lower Congo; error = Irebu, Upper Congo, DRCongo




Congo and DRCongo (forested banks of R Congo, lower R Ubangi and R Lefini).

Descriptive notes

Male 19 cm, 15·5–19 g; female 11 cm, 15·5–16·5 g. Male is metallic green above, bluer on uppertail-coverts; greater upperwing-coverts black... read more


No information available.


Forested riverine areas.

Food and feeding

Takes small spiders (Araneae), and probably insects and nectar. Visits flowers of Caesalpinia regia.


Male seen next to nest suspended from bush 2 m above river and birds in breeding condition in Jul–Dec. No other information.


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to rare. Common along banks of R Congo. In DRCongo, fairly common on upper R Congo up to Isengi (at mouth of R Lomami) and on lower... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Congo Sunbird (Cinnyris congensis). 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 23 February 2020).