Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Grey-headed Sunbird (Deleornis axillaris)


French: Souimanga à tête grise German: Graukopf-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga cabecigrís

Camaroptera axillaris


, 1893,

Uvamba, Semliki Valley, western Uganda


See D. fraseri. Monotypic.


Congo Basin E to S & E Uganda and extreme NW Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; male 11–15 g, female 8·3–13 g. A mostly green sunbird reminiscent of a sylviid warbler, but with long, stout, finely serrated straight bill curved... read more


Protracted trill of rising and falling notes.


Primary forest, secondary forest and clearings, mainly at 700–1550 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders (Araneae) and small fruits. Forages in middle storeys of forest; frequents treetops, creepers on trees and undergrowth at... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Jul and Oct in DRCongo, in Apr–Aug and Oct–Nov in Uganda and in Nov in Tanzania; fledglings Apr... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in forests of NE DRCongo; common in forests of Budongo, Kifu and Kasyoha-Kitomi, in Uganda.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Grey-headed Sunbird (Deleornis axillaris). 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).