Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Purple-breasted Sunbird (Nectarinia purpureiventris)


French: Souimanga à ventre pourpre German: Purpurbrust-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga pechipúrpura

Cinnyris purpureiventris


, 1893,

Migere, western Mpororo = south-western Uganda


See N. bocagii. Monotypic.


Albertine Rift mountains in E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Descriptive notes

Male 22 cm, 10–13·5 g; female 14 cm, 10–12·5 g. Male breeding has crown and side of head iridescent black, reflecting purple, hindneck and mantle... read more


Song an explosive and rapid series of wheezy notes, squeaks and twitters. Calls include “tsi-tsi-... read more


Forest edge, clearings and roadsides in montane forest and gallery forest, above 1750 m; to 2700 m... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and nectar. Foodplants include Albizia gummifera, Erythrina, Lobelia giberroa, Symphonia ... read more


Laying recorded in Apr–Aug and Nov in DRCongo, Sept–Nov in Uganda, and Jan–Feb in Rwanda. Territorial male sings from... read more


Seasonal movements in response to flowering patterns at different altitudes.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Locally common.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Purple-breasted Sunbird (Nectarinia purpureiventris). 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).