Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Principe Sunbird (Anabathmis hartlaubii)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga de Hartlaub German: Hartlaubnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Príncipe
Taxonomy:

Nectarinia hartlaubii

Hartlaub

, 1857,

“Angola”; error = Príncipe, Gulf of Guinea

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Príncipe I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 10·4 g. Fairly large, dark sunbird with graduated tail. Male is olive above, uppertail-coverts black, edged metallic green; upperwing brown, edged olive; tail... read more

Voice

Noisiest in late afternoon. Song is repetitions of “peek-oo-wee, peek-oo-wee” or “pstes-to-tchou,... read more

Habitat

Forest (except montane forest), cultivations, plantations, scrub, gardens; ubiquitous.

Food and feeding

Insects, including ants (Formicidae) and aphids (Aphidoidea); also nectar. Forages singly, in pairs or in groups of up to ten individuals.... read more

Breeding

Season Oct–Feb/Mar; laying recorded in Feb, and juveniles seen in all months. Nest 17–20 cm tall, with short porch and short “... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Príncipe EBA. Common to c. 150 m, except in dense woodland.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Principe Sunbird (Anabathmis hartlaubii). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59991 on 20 August 2019).