Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Splendid Sunbird (Cinnyris coccinigastrus)


Taxonomy

French: Souimanga éclatant German: Vielfarben-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga espléndido
Taxonomy:

Certhia coccinigastra

Latham

, 1801,

Africa = Senegal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Senegal E to S South Sudan and NE DRCongo; seasonal migrant to N Gabon.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 12·3–15·3 g. Male has forehead to centre of crown and ear-coverts metallic purple, lores black, back of head metallic steel-blue, lower... read more

Voice

Common song a series of 6–9 clear descending whistles, "chip-chee-cho-cho-choo-choo-choo-choo... read more

Habitat

In most habitats from coast to N Guinea savanna, except mature forest.

Food and feeding

Nectar, seeds, also spiders (Araneae) and insects, including flying ants (Formicidae) and termites (Isoptera), taken in the air. Forages... read more

Breeding

Egg-laying recorded in Sept–Oct in Senegal and Sierra Leone, Jul–Oct in Gambia, Mar–Apr, Jun, Sept–Oct and Dec in... read more

Movements

Resident and migratory. In W Africa, migratory populations tend to move N to N savanna during May... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range. Occurs in several protected areas, such as Comoé National Park, in Ivory Coast.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Splendid Sunbird (Cinnyris coccinigastrus). 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/60050 on 19 September 2019).