Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Pygmy Sunbird (Hedydipna platura)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga pygmée German: Grünkehl-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga pigmeo
Taxonomy:

Cinnyris platurus

Vieillot

, 1819,

Senegal

.

In the past treated as conspecific with H. metallica. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W & S Mauritania and Senegal E to Sudan and W Ethiopia, S to N Guinea, N Ivory Coast, N Cameroon, NE DRCongo and Uganda; occasionally NW Kenya.

Descriptive notes

Male 9–16 cm (including tail), female 8–9 cm; 5·7–7 g. Small sunbird with short decurved bill. Male in breeding plumage has crown and upperparts... read more

Voice

Song 3–4 seconds long, consisting of such phrases as "pseu-pseu-pseu-der-dzer-dzer... read more

Habitat

Dry acacia (Acacia) woodland, thorn-scrub, savanna woodland and Sahelian vegetation; also... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, pollen, acacia petals; also insects, including ants (Formicidae), and spiders (Araneae). Visits many flowering plants such as aloes... read more

Breeding

Nests in dry season, laying Jan–Mar and Aug–Sept in Mauritania, Feb–Mar and Sept in Senegambia, Feb–Mar in Burkina... read more

Movements

Resident or partial migrant in far N of range (e.g. Aïr, in Niger). In W Africa moves S from... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common and widespread throughout most of range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Comoé National Park, in Ivory Coast, and Waza National... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Pygmy Sunbird (Hedydipna platura). 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/59986 on 26 August 2019).