Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

Ursula's Sunbird (Cinnyris ursulae)


French: Souimanga d’Ursula German: Graubrust-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Úrsula

Cyanomitra ursulæ


, 1903,

Mount St Ysabel, Bioko




Mountains of SW Cameroon and Bioko.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 5·3–7·3 g. Male has forehead and forecrown grey, tinged metallic blue, sides of face grey, hindcrown and upperparts olive-green, upperwing... read more


Songs include descending high-pitched trill and complex sequence with “tzip-tzip-tzip... read more


Primary and secondary forest and forest edges in highlands. At 950–1250 m on Mt Cameroon, 950... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, seeds, insects, some spiders (Araneae). Forages singly and in pairs; associates with other sunbirds. Visits flowers of ... read more


Egg-laying in Jan, Mar and Dec in Cameroon. Nest a compact cushion, mostly of moss with some rootlets and cobwebs, short moss porch but no... read more


No data.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Uncommon to locally common in Cameroon, but possibly often overlooked;... read more

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). Ursula's Sunbird (Cinnyris ursulae). 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).