Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Maroon-naped Sunbird (Aethopyga guimarasensis)


French: Souimanga de Steere German: Braunnacken-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Guimarás

Cinnyris guimarasensis


, 1890,



Until recently considered conspecific with A. flagrans, but differs genetically#R and also in its more extensive (and rather more purplish) glossy part of crown, extending well behind (vs just in front of) eye to cover the cap rather than just the forehead (2); dull russet-maroon hindcrown to mantle (vs dull greenish-gold, continuous with rest of upperparts) (3); much brighter yellow belly (without dirty greyish tinge) with diffuse weak orange centre vs small distinct orange-red vertical belly patch (3). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. g. guimarasensis (Steere, 1890) – Panay and Guimaras, in WC Philippines.
  • A. g. daphoenonota Parkes, 1963 – Negros, in SC Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5 cm. Adult male nominate race has forehead and crown purple-tinged metallic blue-green, hindcrown to mantle maroon-chestnut to blood-red/dark orange-red, back to rump... read more


    A high “tsweet”, repeated.


    Forest and forest edge, also second growth; sea-level to c. 1350 m.

    Food and feeding

    Little information on diet; takes nectar and some small arthropods, and probably also some seeds. Forages alone and in pairs; sometimes as... read more


    Virtually nothing known; a female collected on Negros in late May was in breeding condition.


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Negros and Panay EBA. Uncommon to rare. This species is very poorly known. There is an... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Maroon-naped Sunbird (Aethopyga guimarasensis). 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 11 December 2019).