Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Grand Comoro Sunbird (Cinnyris moebii)


French: Souimanga de Möbius German: Komorennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Gran Comora

Cinnyris möbii


, 1887,

Grand Comoro


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. notatus and C. voeltzkowi, but differs from latter in characters given under that species. Differs from former in its (in male) all-purple vs bright turquoise-green and basally purple chin to upper breast (3); purplish-blue vs mid-blue sheen on metallic green upperparts (1); (in female) much paler, softer-edged grey streaks on underparts (2); paler upperparts (ns[1]); (both sexes) larger size (published mean wing of 10 males 74.5 mm vs of 21 males 69.6#R; allow 2); few available recordings suggest significant vocal difference#R. Proposed race nesophilus (from Grand Comoro) is treated as a synonym. Monotypic.

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Grand Comoro, in W Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; one male 16 g. Male breeding has head to scapulars and back, and uppertail-coverts metallic bluish green with strong violet-blue reflections on mantle to uppertail-... read more


Song is described as a remarkable, continuous, prolonged, fast tinkling or twittering, its pace,... read more


Found in all habitats with trees and shrubs including dry coastal thickets, gardens, towns and... read more

Food and feeding

Very few data; diet probably similar to formerly conspecific C. notatus. Recorded nectar sources include a Sterculiaceae (probably... read more


Nests observed Aug–Sept, but season probably continues until at least Jan and male observed displaying in Apr. Nest oval, entrance with... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to single island in Comoro Islands EBA. Commonest in forest at c. 1000 m, but rarer in summit zone... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Grand Comoro Sunbird (Cinnyris moebii). 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 21 August 2019).