Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-hooded Sunbird (Aethopyga primigenia)


French: Souimanga de Hachisuka German: Grauhauben-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Hachisuka

Philippinia primigenius


, 1941,

Galog, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Mount Apo, Mindanao, Philippines


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. primigenia (Hachisuka, 1941) – C Mindanao (Mt Kitanglad, Mt Apo, L Sebu, Mt Busa, Mt McKinley, Mt Lamut, Civolig, Daggayan), in S Philippines.
  • A. p. diuatae Salomonsen, 1953 – Mt Hilong-Hilong, in NE Mindanao.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·8 cm. Male nominate race has iridescent bronze-green forehead and similar-coloured patch on ear-coverts; top of head and neck dark grey, back olive-green, rump... read more


    Repeated high-pitched "pink-pink-pink", level or ascending, and may become "see-see-... read more


    Forest and forest edge; 1000–1700 m.

    Food and feeding

    Often seen around banana flowers; no other information.


    Birds with active gonads in Nov–Feb. No other information.


    No data.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Common within its small range.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Grey-hooded Sunbird (Aethopyga primigenia). 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 August 2019).