Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Grey-chinned Sunbird (Anthreptes tephrolaemus)


French: Souimanga à menton gris German: Goldband-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga barbigrís

N[ectarinia]. tephrolaemus

Jardine and Fraser

, 1852,

#R, Malabo, Bioko


See A. gabonicus. Usually considered conspecific with A. rectirostris but occasional attribution of species rank supported here, based on smallish grey vs larger lemon-yellow chin and throat (3); broad vs narrow metallic green upper breastband (1); greyer, less pale yellow belly (2); longer bill (effect size 3.09, score 2). Proposed race amadoni (from Rumpi Hills, in W Cameroon) considered insufficiently distinct, differing from present taxon only in slightly smaller size. Monotypic.

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SE Benin and S Nigeria E, including Bioko, to S Central African Republic, DRCongo, S Uganda and W Kenya, S to NW Angola and NW Tanzania; also S South Sudan (Imatong Mts).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 10 g. Very small sunbird with short, more or less straight bill, similar to that of Old World warbler (Sylviidae). Adult male has forehead to back and uppertail-... read more


Song a complex series of rising and falling, high-pitched twittering phrases, e.g. “tser-tsit-tseee... read more


Forests, gallery forests, swamp-forest, clearings, also cultivations of cocoa, coffee and oil palms... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known, but takes insects and variety of fruits (Ochthocoosmus africanus, Macaranga assass), Alchornea... read more


Egg-laying in Dec in Jun in Nigeria, Apr–Feb, Jun- Jul and Nov in Cameroon, Feb and Sept–Oct in PRCongo, Jan–Apr, Jul and Sept in DRCongo,... read more


Little information, but thought to move seasonally. Occurrence of this species mainly in non-... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, S & W Uganda and W Kenya; not uncommon in Angola; uncommon (even rare) elsewhere in range, e.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Grey-chinned Sunbird (Anthreptes tephrolaemus). 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 19 September 2019).