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; 4·9–8 g. Adult 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 second growth; sea-level to 1350 m.

Food and feeding

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


Males with enlarged testes in Apr and a female with an egg ready to be laid in early May on Luzon. No other information.


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Luzon EBA. Uncommon. This species is decidedly uncommon, and is very poorly known. Further... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R., Mann, C., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 28 January 2020).