Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Regal Sunbird (Cinnyris regius) - HBW 13, p. 279

French: Souimanga royal German: Königsnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Real

Taxonomy: Cinnyris regia [sic] Reichenow, 1893, Central Africa = Rwenzori, DRCongo.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Probably closely related to C. rockefelleri. Proposed race kivuensis (from Kivu Volcanoes, in DRCongo) considered indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • regius Reichenow, 1893 - E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
  • anderseni J. G. Williams, 1950 - W Tanzania.