Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Seychelles Sunbird (Cinnyris dussumieri)


Taxonomy

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

Nectarinia dussumieri

Hartlaub

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60069 on 23 October 2018).