- Cinnyris cupreus
12â€“13 cm (4Â¾-5 in)
- copper coloured head, nape and breast
- Dark blue forehead and chin
- Black wings
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DRC and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia and Zimbabwe
This is one of the many Sunbirds that have recently been moved to the genus Cinnyris from the genus Nectarinia.
This male is not yet in full breeding plumage
Photo © by megan perkins
, December 2006
There are 2 subspecies:
Mainly savannas, also wooded savannah-scrub, degraded forest, woodland, swamps, mangroves, coastal thickets and gardens.
Their main diet consists of nectar, fruit and insects (sometimes hawked aerially); also spiders.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)
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