Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Orange-tufted Sunbird (Cinnyris bouvieri)


French: Souimanga de Bouvier German: Braunbauch-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Bouvier

Cinnyris bouvieri


, 1877,

Landana, Cabinda, Angola


Birds from W shore of L Tanganyika, in E DRCongo, described as race tanganyicae, but considered inadequately differentiated from birds elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


Scattered localities from SE Nigeria (Obudu and Mambilla Plateaux) and W & C Cameroon S to Equatorial Guinea, S & E Gabon, Congo and N Angola, E to W & S Central African Republic, DRCongo, Uganda, extreme W Kenya and NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 7–10 g. Male is metallic green above, except for metallic purple forehead, copper-tinged green ear-coverts and bluer uppertail-coverts; dark brown wing... read more


Song begins with quiet “tswee” before a louder “tsi” and then a warble... read more


Varied, including grassland, savanna woodland, forest edge and plantations; to 2050 m.

Food and feeding

Nectar and insects. Forages singly, but sometimes in groups; occasionally with other sunbirds. Visits flowers of Acanthus, ... read more


Egg-laying recorded in Oct in Cameroon, Nov in Kenya, Jun in DRCongo, and Mar in Zambia. Purse-shaped nest made of grass and cobwebs, lined... read more


Unknown. Some possible migration, as records in Gabon and Uganda apparently seasonal, but timing of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. Locally common in NW parts of range, e.g. at edge of montane forest in Nigeria and in N highlands of Cameroon.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Orange-tufted Sunbird (Cinnyris bouvieri). 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).