Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)


Elegant Sunbird (Aethopyga duyvenbodei)


French: Souimanga des Sangir German: Sangihenektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga elegante

Nectarinia duyvenbodei


, 1871,

Sangihe Island, north of Sulawesi


Molecular analysis#R indicated that this species has no close relatives within present genus and may be closer to Leptocoma sperata; placement in resurrected monotypic genus Duyvena perhaps preferable, but further analysis of other genera in family required. Monotypic.


Sangihe I; also one old specimen from Siau.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Male has crown metallic green (sometimes appearing bluer), nape side, neck and ear-coverts maroon-red, mantle and back dark olive-green, upperwing-coverts glossed... read more


Male song a very short, high, insect-like trill; male also produces a high trill of chipping notes... read more


Remnant forest, bamboo, mixed plantations, secondary forest, scrub and tree-ferns; to 900 m.

Food and feeding

Diet includes insects and nectar. Forages singly and in pairs, sometimes in small groups; joins mixed-species flocks. Insects are taken... read more


Birds with enlarged gonads in May, recently vacated nest in Aug, juveniles observed in Aug–Sept, and singing and lek-like behaviour... read more


Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Sangihe and Talaud EBA. Uncommon to locally more common. Has fragmented population, and undergoing continuing decline owing... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R., Mann, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Elegant Sunbird (Aethopyga duyvenbodei). 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 20 August 2019).