Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Near Threatened

Neergaard's Sunbird (Cinnyris neergaardi)


French: Souimanga de Neergaard German: Neergaardnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Neergaard

Cinnyris neergaardi

C. H. B. Grant

, 1908,

Coguno, Mozambique




SE Mozambique (S from Beira area) and NE South Africa (coastal belt S to S of Richard’s Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; male 6·2–7·1 g, female 5·6–5·9 g. Male has head, throat and upperparts, including median and lesser upperwing-coverts... read more


Song consists of repetitions of sequence involving “tswui-tsu” followed by rapid burst... read more


Coastal scrubland, particularly dry sandy thornbush and woodland, clearings, and villages inland. read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, small insects, and spiders (Araneae). Takes nectar from aloes (Aloe), Ceriops tagal, Schotia capitata... read more


Egg-laying in Sept–Jan in Mozambique and Jul, Oct and Nov in South Africa. Territorial males sing from tops of trees. Bulky nest,... read more


Present in extreme S Mozambique only in austral summer, indicative of nomadism in non-breeding... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-East African Coast EBA. Not uncommon, but restricted to dry woodland... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Neergaard's Sunbird (Cinnyris neergaardi). 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).