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Copper Sunbird

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Breeding plumagePhoto © by volker sthamerFort Portal, Uganda, July 2018
Breeding plumage
Photo © by volker sthamer
Fort Portal, Uganda, July 2018
Cinnyris cupreus

Nectarinia cuprea


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by whiteheadedvultureAccra, Ghana, June 2016
Photo © by whiteheadedvulture
Accra, Ghana, June 2016

12–13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • copper coloured head, nape and breast
  • Dark blue forehead and chin
  • Black wings

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

This is one of the many Sunbirds that have recently been moved to the genus Cinnyris from the genus Nectarinia.

[edit] Subspecies

This male is not yet in full breeding plumagePhoto © by megan perkinsKisumu, Kenya, December 2006
This male is not yet in full breeding plumage
Photo © by megan perkins
Kisumu, Kenya, December 2006

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. cupreus:
  • C. c. chalceus:

[edit] Habitat

Mainly savannas, also wooded savannah-scrub, degraded forest, woodland, swamps, mangroves, coastal thickets and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar, fruit and insects (sometimes hawked aerially); also spiders.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)

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