Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Oustalet's Sunbird (Cinnyris oustaleti)


French: Souimanga d’Oustalet German: Angolanektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Oustalet

Nectarinia oustaleti


, 1878,

Caconda, Huíla, Angola


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. o. oustaleti (Bocage, 1878) – WC Angola.
  • C. o. rhodesiae Benson, 1955 – NE Zambia and W & SW Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm. Male nominate race breeding is iridescent green above, except for iridescent blue-green crown and iridescent blue uppertail-coverts; remiges very dark brown... read more


    Song consists of ascending and descending high-pitched notes. Calls include repetitions of “... read more


    Brachystegia-Isoberlinia woodland, dense scrub and secondary growth.

    Food and feeding

    Insects and spiders (Araneae); also, presumably, nectar. Forages singly and in small groups, often low down. Visits flowers of ... read more


    Egg-laying months Oct–Feb in Angola and Mar–Jun in Zambia. No other information.


    Poorly known. Recorded as vagrant in N Malawi.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in Angola; rare in Zambia and Tanzania.

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Oustalet's Sunbird (Cinnyris oustaleti). 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).