Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Johanna's Sunbird (Cinnyris johannae)


French: Souimanga de Johanna German: Grünscheitel-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Johanna

Cinnyris johannæ

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux

, 1851,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. j. fasciatus (Jardine & Fraser, 1852) – Sierra Leone E to Ghana.
  • C. j. johannae J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1851 – SE Nigeria and S Cameroon E to S Central African Republic and NE DRCongo, and S to Congo and NW Angola (Cabinda).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; male 12·6–14·7g, female 11–15 g. Male nominate race has lores black, rest of head to upper throat and upperparts, including lesser and median... read more


    Song a complex high-pitched warble of rising and falling whistling notes. Calls include “wit”,... read more


    Mature forest, secondary forest, clearings, gardens and cocoa plantations.

    Food and feeding

    Insects, spiders (Araneae), pollen, fruits of Macaranga assas and Macaranga barteri, and nectar. Forages singly and in... read more


    Egg-laying recorded in May in Liberia and Jul in Ghana. Messy nest with loose “beard”, made of bark and moss or lichen, held together by... read more


    No data.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in Liberia; uncommon or rare in rest of its geographical range. Occurs in Taï National Park, in Ivory Coast.

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Johanna's Sunbird (Cinnyris johannae). 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).