Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Red-chested Sunbird (Cinnyris erythrocercus)


French: Souimanga à ceinture rouge German: Schmucknektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga pechirrojo

Nectarinia erythrocerca


, 1857,

White Nile, S of 8° N, South Sudan




South Sudan, E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, W Kenya and NW & extreme W Tanzania, with isolated records in C & E Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

Male 15 cm, 8·2–10 g; ­female 12 cm, 7·4–9·5 g. Male has head and upperparts metallic green, more blue-green from nape to rump and on... read more


Brief twittering song "tsi-si-sip-see-see-swee" or about seven repetitions of "tsi... read more


Edges of rivers and wetlands in savanna areas; also near water in forest, cultivations and gardens... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, insects, and spiders (Araneae). Forages generally in pairs. Visits flowers of genera Erythrina, Spathodea and... read more


Egg-laying in Feb–Nov in Uganda and Feb, Mar and May in Tanzania. Small, neat, elongated ovoid nest, with or without porch, made from... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common throughout range in suitable habitat.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Red-chested Sunbird (Cinnyris erythrocercus). 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).