Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Moheli Sunbird (Cinnyris voeltzkowi)


French: Souimanga de Völtzkow German: Mohelinektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de la Mohéli

Cinnyris völtzkowi


, 1905,

Mayotte; error = Mohéli


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. notatus and C. moebii, but differs from former in its (in male) blue-green vs bright turquoise-green chin to upper breast (2); royal-blue vs mid-blue sheen on metallic green upperparts (1); (in female) paler, softer-edged grey streaks on underparts (2); paler upperparts (ns[1]); (both sexes) much larger size (published mean bill of nine males 38.0 mm vs of 21 males 30.5#R; allow 3); and significant vocal difference based on few available recordings#R. Differs from C. moebii in its blue-green vs all-purple chin to upper breast (3); royal-blue vs purplish-blue sheen on metallic green upperparts (1); green vs blue-green sheen on upperparts (1); larger size (published mean bill of nine males 38.0 vs of 10 males 33.5#R; allow 2). Monotypic.

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Mohéli, in W Comoros.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; male 19–21 g, female 13–21 g. Comparatively large sunbird compared to formerly conspecific C. notatus and C. moebii, with a long bill (male 36–39... read more


Song believed to be similar to that of C. moebii, but shorter and less complex, and... read more


Found in all habitats with trees and shrubs including dry coastal thickets, gardens, towns and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging behaviour both apparently similar to C. notatus and C. moebii, but comparatively few data, e.g.... read more


Poorly known; birds in breeding condition Sept, female with brood patch and juv observed in Feb. Nest oval, entrance with small porch one-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to single island in Comoro Islands EBA. Common throughout Mohéli, especially in forest and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Moheli Sunbird (Cinnyris voeltzkowi). 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).