Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Seychelles Sunbird (Cinnyris dussumieri)


French: Souimanga des Seychelles German: Seychellennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Seychelles

Nectarinia dussumieri


, 1861,

Seychelle Islands


See C. sovimanga. Present species was formerly thought perhaps to be close to Chalcomitra balfouri, another island species but currently placed in a different genus. Birds on Mahé having almost completely orange pectoral tufts described as a geographical race, mahei, but this possibly due to individual variation, and too few specimens available for examination. Treated as monotypic.


Seychelles Is, occurring on Aride, Silhouette, Cousin and Cousine, Praslin, La Digue, Mahé and Frégate.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Male is sooty-brown above, rectrices narrowly tipped white; throat to breast metallic darkish blue, sometimes a trace of maroon breastband; pectoral tufts (not gained... read more


Male song a high-pitched squeaky jumble of 6–20 or more notes, beginning as slow “dze-... read more


Found in almost all habitats, including man-made ones, from sea-level to 900 m.

Food and feeding

Insects and their larvae, spiders (Araneae) and other arthropods; nectar; known to visit plants of following genera Albizia, Allamanda... read more


Nests found in Sept–Oct and Dec–Jan, and nesting activity in all months except Apr–Jun; several broods. Monogamous or... read more


Resident; some inter-island movement, e.g. individuals found on Aride had been ringed on Cousin, a... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Granitic Seychelles EBA. Common on all of the wooded islands in the archipelago. Recently recolonized Aride.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2020). Seychelles Sunbird (Cinnyris dussumieri). 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 25 February 2020).