Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Tiny Sunbird (Cinnyris minullus)


French: Souimanga minule German: Zwergnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga enano

Cinnyris minullus


, 1899,

Yaoundé, Cameroon


Sometimes placed with C. chloropygius in genus Chalcomitra. Supposedly larger birds from Bioko described as race amadoni, and others from R Lualaba, in DRCongo, as race marginatus; both, however, fall within range of variation of populations elsewhere in species’ area of distribution. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone E to Ghana, and Benin#R, S Nigeria, Bioko and Gabon E to DRCongo and W Uganda.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 4·5–6·5 g. Male has head, chin, upper throat and upperparts metallic green, bluer on uppertail-coverts; upperwing very dark brown, greater... read more


Song a high-pitched succession of squeaky “tsi-tsi-tsi” or “suisui-sui-sui-sui”, for c. 15 seconds... read more


Occurs in mature or secondary forest, forest edges and clearings, and forest-savanna mosaic; also... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, pollen and small insects. Forages singly and in pairs; joins mixed-species flocks in upper strata of forest. Visits flowers of ... read more


Egg-laying recorded in Apr–Jun and Oct in Cameroon and Mar, Jun and Dec in DRCongo, and occupied nests in Sept and Nov in Gabon.... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; rare in Nigeria and mainland Equatorial Guinea; scarce in Uganda, mostly restricted to W forests. Widespread and not uncommon in... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Tiny Sunbird (Cinnyris minullus). 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 26 August 2019).