Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Newton's Sunbird (Anabathmis newtonii)


French: Souimanga de Newton German: Gelbbrust-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Newton

Cinnyris newtonii


, 1887,

São Tomé, Gulf of Guinea




São Tomé, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 6–9 g. Male is dark olive above, forecrown paler, uppertail-coverts black, tinged metallic green at tips; upperwing dark brown, edged dark olive; tail... read more


Song a 2-minute burst of fast ascending and descending short high-pitched notes of varied sounds... read more


Forests, particularly mossy montane primary forest, also woods, savanna woodland, gardens and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders (Araneae) and nectar. Forages in pairs or small groups, sometimes in larger groups of up to 30 individuals; also joins... read more


Egg-laying in Aug–Feb. Possibly a co-operative breeder; group of four, including one male, seen to investigate old nest. Singing male... read more


Possibly some altitudinal movement; reportedly absent from gardens at low levels in Apr.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Common in all habitats with tall trees. Absent from N savannas.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Newton's Sunbird (Anabathmis newtonii). 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).