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Birdwatching in Africa - Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchella

The Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchella; formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia) is a sunbird. It is native to tropical Africa, its range extending from Senegal and Guinea in the west to Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya in the east.

Distribution and habitat
The beautiful sunbird occurs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. This species is found in a variety of open habitats with some trees, including savannah, riverside thickets, mangroves, beachsides and gardens.

Range map from

Range map
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Beautiful sunbirds are tiny, only 10 cm long, although the breeding male's long tail adds another 5 cm. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both of which are adaptations to their nectar feeding. The male has a black head, bright metallic green upper parts, scarlet breast bordered with yellow and black belly. The central feathers of the teal are greatly elongated. The female is brown above with yellowish underparts.

Length: 9 - 17 cm
Distinctive Feature
Similar Species

From opus at the forum for wild birds and birding.

Listen to the Beautiful Sunbird

Remarks from the Recordist

Singing at dawn

Remarks from the Recordist

Vigorously calling, most likely because of the presence of a snake nearby. Also in background, calls of fruit bats.

The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

The beautiful sunbird is a common breeder across sub-Saharan tropical Africa. One or two eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree. It is a seasonal migrant within its range.

The beautiful sunbird has a wide range and a large total population. It is a common bird and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being of "least concern".

Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2016.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: 22 October 2019(Date of first photo that I could use)
Location: Awash National Park, Ethiopia

Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchella
Beautiful Sunbird - Awash National Park, Ethiopia - 22 October 2019

Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchella
Beautiful Sunbird - Awash National Park, Ethiopia - 22 October 2019

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