Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Splendid Sunbird (Cinnyris coccinigastrus)


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

Certhia coccinigastra


, 1801,

Africa = Senegal




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


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


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


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


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 on 19 September 2019).