Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Rand's Sunbird (Cinnyris idenburgi)


French: Souimanga de Rand German: Dunkelnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Rand

Cinnyris jugularis idenburgi


, 1940,

Bernhard Camp, 50 m, Idenburg River, north New Guinea


Until recently considered conspecific with C. jugularis, but differs from all subspecies of latter (using the black-bellied forms except C. j. teysmanni for comparison) in its smaller bill and tail (allow 1); lack of yellow eyebrow in both sexes (2); bright orange vs yellow pectoral tufts in male (2); glossy bluish-black vs matt-black belly in male (2)#R. Differs from C. j. teysmanni in the first three characters above and in its lack of dull red breastband (2). Possibly parapatric with C. j. frenatus#R. Monotypic.


N New Guinea (Mamberamo R system E to Ramu R drainage).

Descriptive notes

10–11·5 cm. Male is entirely dark olive-green above, including ear-coverts and neck-sides; chin, throat and underparts black with blue-green gloss, yellow pectoral tufts;... read more


Little known. A series of high-pitched “sit sit sit” has been described.


Found in edges of lowland forest and hill forest, in second growth and in scrub; also enters... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Takes small insects and spiders; also some fruit, e.g. berries. Observed alone and in pairs.


No information. Details thought likely to be similar to those given for C. jugularis.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: seemingly confined to the North Papuan lowlands EBA. Uncommon throughout reasonably large range. No... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Rand's Sunbird (Cinnyris idenburgi). 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 23 August 2019).