Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Mayotte Sunbird (Cinnyris coquerellii)


French: Souimanga de Mayotte German: Mayottenektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Mayotte

Nectarinia coquerellii


, 1860,

no locality = Mayotte, Comoro Islands


See C. sovimanga. Monotypic.


Mayotte and nearby islets, in SE Comoros.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; male 9 g, female 7g. Male has crown, side of head, throat, back to rump, and lesser and median upperwing-coverts glossy dark green, with small amount of purple... read more


Variety of harsh chipping notes.


Forest edge and in open areas; sea-level to 460 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, including pupae and larvae, spiders (Araneae), and presumably nectar. Few other details.


Nest-building observed in Oct and Nov and birds with active gonads also in Oct–Nov. Nest constructed from fine grass, thickly lined... read more


Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Common within tiny global range.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Mayotte Sunbird (Cinnyris coquerellii). 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 25 February 2020).