Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird (Anthreptes neglectus)


French: Souimanga des Uluguru German: Ulugurunektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de las Uluguru

Anthreptes longuemarei neglectus


, 1922,

Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania


See A. gabonicus (above). Monotypic.


SE Kenya, mountains of E Tanzania and NE Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 12·8–15·5 g. Smallish sunbird with violet back in both sexes. Male has reddish-violet forehead, crown, mantle, back and scapulars, dull black nape, metallic blue... read more


Call “tsssp” or “sweep-sweep-sweep” repeated up to four times, sometimes preceding a melodious... read more


Montane and submontane forest at up to 1800 m; gallery forest, thickets and tea plantations at... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Visits Grevillea and mistletoes (Loranthaceae), and takes insects. Forages in groups of up to 6 birds.


Egg-laying in Dec, Jan and Mar in E Africa; Dec–Feb and Sept, and active nests recorded Sept–Dec, in Tanzania. Territorial.... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce in most of range; locally common in E Usambaras and Uluguru Mts (Tanzania). Occurs at comparatively few sites: in Kenya found in Shimba Hills... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird (Anthreptes neglectus). 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).