Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Reichenbach's Sunbird (Anabathmis reichenbachii)


Taxonomy

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

Nectarinia reichenbachii

Hartlaub

, 1857,

Gabon

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59990 on 21 May 2019).