Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Near Threatened

Moreau's Sunbird (Cinnyris moreaui)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga de Moreau German: Moreaunektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Moreau
Taxonomy:

Cinnyris mediocris moreaui

W. L. Sclater

, 1933,

Maskati, Nguru Range, Tanzania

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Closely related to C. loveridgei. In the past suspected of being a hybrid between that species and C. mediocris; that possibility, however, not borne out by DNA analyses, which strongly indicate its validity as a full species. Forms very narrow hybrid zone with C. fuelleborni, with further intergradation prevented by divergent songs#RMonotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of E Tanzania (Nguu, Nguru, Uvidunda, Ukaguru and Udzungwa).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 5·1–10·4 g. Male has head to lower back, including scapulars and lesser and median wing-coverts, and chin to breast iridescent bronzy green, rump non-... read more

Voice

Song a fast outburst of high-pitched notes. Calls consist of regularly spaced chirps.

Habitat

Areas with moist montane forest and clearings in mountainous regions; mainly at 1300–1850m,... read more

Food and feeding

Few data available. Expected to take nectar and insects, but to date only foodplant known is Achyrospermum carvalhi. Forages,... read more

Breeding

Egg-laying in Dec, and other breeding activity recorded in Aug–Oct. Small domed purse-shaped nest, built by female, of leaves or... read more

Movements

No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Has small range in Nguru, Nguu, Uvidunda,... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2017). Moreau's Sunbird (Cinnyris moreaui). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60035 on 20 November 2017).