Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Vulnerable

Rockefeller's Sunbird (Cinnyris rockefelleri)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga de Rockefeller German: Blutbrust-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Rockefeller
Taxonomy:

Cinnyris rockefelleri

Chapin

, 1932,

Mount Kandashomwa, eastern DRCongo

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 5–5·5 g. Male has head to rump, including scapulars, bright metallic green with golden tinge, uppertail-coverts glossy violet-blue, tail blue-black; remiges... read more

Voice

Song apparently undescribed. Contact calls reported as harsh “schick schick”.

Habitat

Highland valleys and streams in tall bamboo and heath (Ericaceae) zones, including arborescent... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Diet insects and, presumably, nectar. Forages singly and in pairs; occasionally joins mixed-species flocks.

Breeding

Birds with enlarged gonads in May and in primary moult in Jul. No other information.

Movements

No data.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restrictedrange species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Poorly known. Thought to have very small population, estimated at merely 250–999... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Rockefeller's Sunbird (Cinnyris rockefelleri). 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/60033 on 20 August 2019).