Nomenclature (Lederer and Burr 2014, except as noted)
Synonyms (Mackworth-Praed and Grant 1973; Cheke and Mann 2008)
Common names (Cheke and Mann 2008)
Other vernacular names referring to sunbirds
Closest known relatives
Other close relatives (Johansson et al. 2008, and as noted)
Similar birds (Elphick 2014; Winkler et al. 2015)
What scientists use to determine evolutionary relationships in sunbirds (Cheke and Mann 2008)
This section provides general sunbird information, except as noted.
African culture and folklore
Family: Nectariniidae (Vigors 1825)
Genus: Cinnyris (Cuvier 1816)
Species: Cinnyris pulchellus - Beautiful Sunbird
Subspecies: C. p. melanogastrus (Fischer and Reichenow 1884)
Subspecies: C. p. pulchellus (Linnaeus 1766)
Cheke and Mann (2008)
Orrell T. (custodian). 2016. ITIS Global: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (version Sep 2015). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 25th March 2016 (Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Kunze T., Flann C., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., eds). Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org/col. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-8858.
Green-headed Snit by Kim Diment.
Paintings can depict animal behavior that is difficult to represent in other art forms, such as film and photography. This painting shows social interactions among sunbirds, an aspect of their biology that is rarely documented.
Image credit: © Kim Diment. All rights reserved. Used with permission from the artist.