Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)


Loveridge's Sunbird (Cinnyris loveridgei)


French: Souimanga de Loveridge German: Orangebauch-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Loveridge

Cinnyris loveridgei

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1922,

Uluguru Mountains, east Tanzania


Closely related to C. moreaui. Monotypic.


Uluguru Mts, in E Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; male 9–12·5 g, female 7·5–11 g. Male has head to breast and upperparts, including scapulars and lesser and median wing-coverts, iridescent green, apart... read more


Song, throughout day (from 25 minutes before sunrise, peak 15 minutes before sunrise and during... read more


Montane forest, clearings, plantations with a few trees and shrubs, and more open areas with bamboo... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar; also insects, including caterpillars, flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and mayflies (Ephemeroptera); also spiders (Araneae).... read more


Egg-laying in Aug–Mar, and other breeding activity recorded in Apr and Aug. Territorial. Nest a bulky oval, with large side entrance... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restrictedrange species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Global population probably c. 37,000 individuals, and confined entirely within three forest... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Loveridge's Sunbird (Cinnyris loveridgei). 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).