Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Tacazze Sunbird (Nectarinia tacazze)


French: Souimanga tacazze German: Tacazzenektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Tacazzé

Certhia tacazze


, 1814,

Abyssinia = probably Tacazze River, north Ethiopia


See N. bocagii. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. t. tacazze (Stanley, 1814) – highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
  • N. t. jacksoni Neumann, 1899 – highlands of SE South Sudan, N & E Uganda, W & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 22 cm, 12–18·3 g; female 15 cm, 12–16·2 g. Male nominate race breeding has crown, neck and mantle iridescent green, tinged with purple and... read more


    Song consists of a long twittering, “sweet-siuswitterr tseu seet-swirursittii, tsit-tsit-tsit-... read more


    Forest patches and clearings, grassy areas, bamboo, heathland, gardens and cultivations in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar, insects, spiders (Araneae) and mites (Acarina). Food taken mostly from flowers; also catches insects in flight. Associates with... read more


    Laying recorded in May and Jul–Nov in Ethiopia and Apr, Jul and Sept in Kenya, and breeding activity Dec–Feb and Jul in... read more


    Resident at high altitudes; altitudinal migrant on lower slopes. Non-breeding visitor to lower... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in all parts of range; locally abundant.

    Recommended citation

    Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Tacazze Sunbird (Nectarinia tacazze). 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 23 July 2019).