Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Temminck's Sunbird (Aethopyga temminckii)


French: Souimanga de Temminck German: Temmincknektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Temminck

Nectarinia temminckii

S. Müller

, 1843,

Mount Singgalang, 1600 feet [c. 490 m], 0°24’ S, 100°20’ E, Sumatra


Formerly treated as conspecific with A. mystacalis. Birds from Mt Dulit, in NW Borneo, described as race perretti, but this is considered untenable. Monotypic.


S peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

Male 13 cm, 4·6–6·1 g; female 10 cm, 5 g. Male has lateral crownstripes that meet in a patch on central nape, and moustachial stripe, glossed purple and... read more


Soft “cheet-cheet”; rhythmic “tit-ti tit-it tit-it tit-it…”.


Lowland and hill dipterocarp forests, lower montane forest and peatswamp-forest; generally... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, including from mistletoes (Loranthaceae), and small arthropods. Forages singly and, sometimes, in pairs; occasionally joins mixed-... read more


Laying recorded in Feb and fledglings found in early May and early Aug in Malay Peninsula; lays in Oct in NW Borneo (Sarawak). Nest egg-... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Generally uncommon. Listed as “Vulnerable” in Malay Peninsula. Occurs in Kinabalu Park, in Borneo.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Temminck's Sunbird (Aethopyga temminckii). 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).