Palestine Sunbird (Cinnyris osea) - HBW 13, p. 289
French: Souimanga de Palestine
Spanish: Suimanga Palestino
Other common names: (Northern) Orange-tufted Sunbird; Chad Orange-tufted Sunbird (decorsei)
Taxonomy: Cinnyris osea Bonaparte, 1856, "Plaines de Jéricho" = Palestine.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Has been thought perhaps to form a superspecies with C. bouvieri, C. oustaleti, C. talatala and C. asiaticus. Proposed race butleri (described from Kajo Kaji, in S Sudan) considered inseparable from decorsei. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- osea Bonaparte, 1856 - Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, NE Egypt, S Syria, Jordan, W Saudi Arabia, Yemen and S Oman.
- decorsei Oustalet, 1904 - widely scattered localities at L Chad and in E Cameroon, Central African Republic, W & S Sudan, NE DRCongo and NW Uganda.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 7 videos
A male calling in a tree Locality Saudi Arabia (ssp osea)
John Gregory 30 April 2002 8 years ago 24 sec 4.4
A male bathing Locality Jerusalem, Israel (ssp osea)
Philip Griffin 12 years ago 16 sec 4.2
feeding Locality Petra, Jordan
Keith and Lynn Youngs 19 October 2005 2 years ago 22 sec 4
A female Locality Ayn Razat, Dhofar Governorate, Oman
Eric Roualet 13 November 2010 5 years ago 10 sec 3.8
A male calling from a dry branch Locality Saudi Arabia (ssp osea)
John Gregory 30 April 2002 8 years ago 19 sec 3.5
A female showing its back, preening Locality Ayn Razat, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp osea)
Eric Roualet 13 November 2010 5 years ago 7 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 18 photos
A male shining under the early sun
Locality Mudayy, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp osea)
Luis Mario Arce 27 January 2016 9 weeks ago 4.8
Locality Abha, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 18 May 2014 1 year ago 4.8
A male perched on a branch, looking the prey.
Locality Tawi Atayr, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp osea)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 3 years ago 4.4
A male perched.
Locality Salalah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp osea)
Fran Trabalon 8 January 2011 4 years ago 4.4
Adult male perched.
Locality Dead Sea, Jordan (ssp osea)
Oliver Fowler 2 May 2012 1 year ago 4.1
Locality Shinas, Al Batinah Governorate, Oman
hythumm 14 March 2013 3 years ago 4