Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans)


French: Souimanga flamboyant German: Feuerbrust-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga llameante

Aethopyga flagrans


, 1876,

Lagune, Luzon, Philippines


Until recently considered conspecific with A. guimarasensis, which see. Form decolor (from N Luzon), described in HBW as “possibly inseparable from nominate”, now synonymized; proposed race excellens (from Manitoe, in Albay district of SE Luzon) likewise synonymized. Monotypic.


Luzon and Catanduanes, in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

9·5 cm; 6·4–7·3 cm. Male has forehead and forecrown metallic blue-green, hindcrown, back and upperwing-­coverts bright olive-yellow, washed orange or bronzy golden on... read more


Short, high-pitched rising “tsweet”, repeated at intervals.


Forest, forest edge and secondary growth; sea-level to 1350 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages singly, in pairs and in mixed-species flocks.


Males with enlarged testes in Apr on Luzon. No other information.


Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon. This species is decidedly uncommon, and is very poorly known. Further study required. Occurs in Quezon National Park,... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R., Mann, C. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans). 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 March 2019).