Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchellus) - HBW 13, p. 283
French: Souimanga à longue queue
Spanish: Suimanga Colilargo
Other common names: Beautiful Long-tailed Sunbird
Taxonomy: Certhia pulchella Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. It has been suggested that this species and C. nectarinioides link the “C. mariquensis complex” with the “C. chalybeus complex”. Proposed races aeger (described from Aïr, in Niger) and lucidipectus (from Wad Medani, on Blue Nile in EC Sudan) considered inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- pulchellus (Linnaeus, 1766) - Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau E to Sudan, Eritrea and W Ethiopia, S to Sierra Leone, C Nigeria, N Cameroon, Central African Republic, NE DRCongo, Uganda and NW Kenya.
- melanogastrus (G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) - W, C & S Kenya and Tanzania.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 33 videos
calling male bird Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp pulchellus)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 2 years ago 1 min 39 sec 4.6
one bird very close Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp pulchellus)
Daniêl Jimenez 1 January 2012 2 years ago 33 sec 4.5
A male Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 4 years ago 16 sec 4.5
A female Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 4 years ago 33 sec 4.2
A bird in a tree, calling nervously and wing flicking. Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp pulchellus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 12 November 2008 4 years ago 23 sec 4.2
A male displaying to a female Locality Atlantic Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp pulchellus)
Dave Jackson 17 November 2006 6 years ago 28 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 35 photos
After a female landed on a nearby twig, this male started at once an elaborate courtship display.
Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia
Frans Vandewalle 23 November 2013 6 weeks ago 4.7
Male on a flower.
Locality Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Tadeusz Rosinski 14 January 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
Paul Cools 6 February 2012 1 year ago 4.4
Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchellus)
Locality Bekele Molla Hotel, Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 17 weeks ago 4.3
An adult male, edge of the Rift Valley.
Locality Arusha Town, Arusha Region, Tanzania (ssp melanogastrus)
M P Goodey 1 January 2009 2 years ago 4.3
A male in a bush.
Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
David Lingard 23 November 2010 1 year ago 4.2