Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Hainan Sunbird (Aethopyga christinae)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga de Christina German: Hainannektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Christina
Taxonomy:

Æthopyga christinæ

Swinhoe

, 1869,

Hainan Island, south China

.

This species (with latouchii) and A. eximia have in the past been placed together in a separate genus, Urodrepanis. Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. latouchii; see that species; vocal evidence relating to this split desirable. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Hainan.

Descriptive notes

Male 10 cm, female 8·5 cm; 4·9–5·9 g. Male has crown and nape metallic green, back black, rump yellow, uppertail-coverts and central tail feathers... read more

Voice

Little information available. Vocalizations probably similar to those of A. latouchii.

Habitat

Forest and forest edge, occasionally gardens.

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet presumably includes nectar and small arthropods, and probably seeds. Visits flowering bushes and trees.

Breeding

No definite information. Likely to be much as given for A. latouchii.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common. This species, confined to a single island of medium size (c. 34,000 km2), is probably in decline owing to... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R., Mann, C. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Hainan Sunbird (Aethopyga christinae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60083 on 20 March 2019).