Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Near Threatened

Moreau's Sunbird (Cinnyris moreaui)


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

Cinnyris mediocris moreaui

W. L. Sclater

, 1933,

Maskati, Nguru Range, Tanzania


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.


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


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


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


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


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. (2019). 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 on 19 September 2019).