Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Humblot's Sunbird (Cinnyris humbloti)


French: Souimanga de Humblot German: Schlichtmantel-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Humblot

Cinnyris humbloti

A. Milne-Edwards and Oustalet

, 1885,

Grand Comoro, Comoro Islands


MtDNA work suggests that this species forms a clade with C. sovimanga, C. comorensis, C. coquerellii and C. dussumieri; see remarks under C. sovimanga. Races exhibit several significant differences in plumage; vocal study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. h. humbloti A. Milne-Edwards & Oustalet, 1885 – Humblot's Sunbird – Grand Comoro, in Comoro Is.
  • C. h. mohelicus Stresemann & Grote, 1926 – Moheli Sunbird – Mohéli, in Comoro Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; male 5·5–7 g, female 5·5–8 g. Male nominate race has crown, shoulder (often), and throat to upper breast glossed green, bordered by narrow glossy purple... read more


    Song a jumbled series of chipping notes. Harsh scolds, “tssk, tssk”.


    Forest, scrub and gardens; sea-level to 790 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects and their larvae, spiders (Araneae), nectar and other plant material. Feeds by gleaning and hover-gleaning.


    Eggs and nestlings found in Sept, and food-carrying adults in Feb; birds with active gonads in Aug–Sept. Nest constructed from fine... read more


    Nothing recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Common within small global range.

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Humblot's Sunbird (Cinnyris humbloti). 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 8 December 2019).