Family Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Least Concern

White-flanked Sunbird (Aethopyga eximia)


French: Souimanga de Java German: Javanektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga eximio

Nectarinia eximia


, 1821,



This species and A. christinae (with latouchii) have in the past been placed together in a separate genus, Urodrepanis. Monotypic.


Mountains of Java.

Descriptive notes

Male 13 cm, female 11·5cm. Male has iridescent green crown with some blue admixed, bright olive nape, side of neck, back and upperwing-coverts, yellow lower back and... read more


Clear “tee-tee-tee-leet” with variations.


Forest, forest edge, clearings, and alpine scrub above tree-line; 1200–3000 m.

Food and feeding

Diet thought to include nectar and small arthropods. Forages singly, in pairs and in small groups; mostly in lower and middle storeys.... read more


Laying in Jan, Mar–Jun, Nov and Dec. Nest a pouch of moss and other materials, suspended high up in forest tree. Eggs greyish-white... read more


Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Java and Bali Forests EBA. Common, particularly above 2400 m. Occurs in Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park.

Recommended citation

Cheke, R. & Mann, C. (2019). White-flanked Sunbird (Aethopyga eximia). 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).