Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Reichenbach's Sunbird (Anabathmis reichenbachii)


French: Souimanga de Reichenbach German: Reichenbachnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Reichenbach

Nectarinia reichenbachii


, 1857,





S Liberia E to S Nigeria, Cameroon, SW Central African Republic and DRCongo (E to middle and upper R Congo and Kivu), S to N Angola.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm; 7–13 g. Distinctive sunbird with graduated tail. Male has head to chin and throat metallic dark steel-blue with iridescent green and violet sheen; back... read more


Song, from high perch such as top of coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), consists of high-... read more


Coastal swamps, scrub, palm groves in sandy zones, mangroves, rice fields, forest clearings, beside... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and nectar. Forages singly or in pairs, 5–30 m up in trees within 500 m of water. Hawks for insects. Takes nectar from... read more


Egg-laying in May, Jun and Sept–Dec in Cameroon, Sept–Oct and Dec in PRCongo, and Feb and Oct–Nov in Gabon; immature in... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common from Cameroon S to PRCongo; elsewhere locally not uncommon (Nigeria, Ivory Coast), but often scarce or rare. Occurs in a few protected areas.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Reichenbach's Sunbird (Anabathmis reichenbachii). 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 14 December 2019).