Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Hainan Sunbird (Aethopyga christinae)


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

Æthopyga christinæ


, 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.



Descriptive notes

Male 10 cm, female 8·5 cm. Male has crown and nape metallic green, back black, rump yellow, uppertail-coverts and central tail feathers metallic green, latter ending... read more


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


Forest and forest edge, occasionally gardens.

Food and feeding

Very few data. Diet presumably includes nectar and small arthropods, and probably seeds. Visits flowering bushes and trees.


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



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Hainan EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. This species, confined to a single island of medium... 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 on 13 December 2019).