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. 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 olive-... read more


    A high "tsweet", repeated.


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

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; presumably takes nectar and some small aerthropods, and probably also some seeds. Forages singly and in pairs;... read more


    No information.


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to rare. This species is very poorly known. There is an urgent need for fieldwork aimed at determining its true status.

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (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 20 March 2019).