Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Pemba Sunbird (Cinnyris pembae)


French: Souimanga de Pemba German: Pembanektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Pemba

Cinnyris pembae


, 1905,

Pemba Island


In the past, often treated as conspecific with C. chalcomelas. Monotypic.


Pemba I and adjacent islets, off E Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm. Male has head and upperparts, chin and throat iridescent green with blue reflections; lesser upperwing-coverts purple, largest outer lesser coverts and median... read more


Song consists of up to 15 “tslink” notes before warble of rising and falling notes.... read more


Varied, with no particular preferences. Found in tropical moist forest dominated by Odyenda... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; also nectar, and berries of Flueggia virosa and fruits of Areca catecha. Visits flowers of Carica... read more


Egg-laying in May–Jan. Thick-walled, purse-shaped nest, lined with down from Imperata cylindrica, without “beard... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Pemba EBA. Common on Pemba and nearby small islands.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Pemba Sunbird (Cinnyris pembae). 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 26 August 2019).