Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Pygmy Sunbird (Hedydipna platura)


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

Cinnyris platurus


, 1819,



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


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


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


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


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


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 on 26 August 2019).