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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Sunbirds

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Nectariniidae

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Sunbirds are among the most beautiful birds on earth. They are often mistaken for hummingbirds, but unlike these they belong to the songbirds and do not have their ability to fly. The plumage shimmers in a wide variety of colors, which moreover - like all iridescent colors - vary with the incidence of light. The body length ranges from 8 to 16 cm; some species have elongated central tail feathers, but all have short round wings. The beak is usually thin and curved and is used to pierce petals and soak up the nectar. Typical Sunbird nests consist of cobwebs and soft plant material and hang from branches.

Chalcoparia

     singalensis - Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (5)

Deleornis

     fraseri - Fraser's Sunbird (4)
     axillaris - Grey-headed Sunbird (1)

Anthreptes

     reichenowi - Plain-backed Sunbird (1)
     anchietae - Anchieta's Sunbird (2)
     simplex - Plain Sunbird (2)
     malacensis - Brown-throated Sunbird (8)
     rhodolaemus - Red-throated Sunbird (1)
     gabonicus - Mangrove Sunbird (2)
     longuemarei - Western Violet-backed Sunbird (2)
     orientalis - Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird (3)
     neglectus - Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird (1)
     aurantius - Violet-tailed Sunbird (2)
     seimundi - Little Green Sunbird (1)
     rectirostris - Grey-chinned Sunbird (2)
     rubritorques - Banded Green Sunbird (1)

Hedydipna

     collaris - Collared Sunbird (4)
     platura - Pygmy Sunbird (1)
     metallica - Nile Valley Sunbird (5)
     pallidigaster - Amani Sunbird (1)

Anabathmis

     reichenbachii - Reichenbach's Sunbird (3)
     hartlaubii - Principe Sunbird (2)
     newtonii - Newton's Sunbird (2)

Dreptes

     thomensis - Giant Sunbird (2)

Anthobaphes

     violacea - Orange-breasted Sunbird (8)

Cyanomitra

     verticalis - Green-headed Sunbird (4)
     bannermani - Bannerman's Sunbird (1)
     cyanolaema - Blue-throated Brown Sunbird (2)
     oritis - Cameroon Sunbird (2)
     alinae - Blue-headed Sunbird (1)
     olivacea - Olive Sunbird (4)
     veroxii - Grey Sunbird (1)

Chalcomitra

     adelberti - Buff-throated Sunbird (3)
     fuliginosa - Carmelite Sunbird (2)
     rubescens - Green-throated Sunbird (1)
     amethystina - Amethyst Sunbird (9)
     senegalensis - Scarlet-chested Sunbird (6)
     hunteri - Hunter's Sunbird (1)
     balfouri - Socotra Sunbird (2)

Leptocoma

     zeylonica - Purple-rumped Sunbird (2)
     minima - Crimson-backed Sunbird (4)
     brasiliana - Van Hasselt's Sunbird (2)
     sperata - Purple-throated Sunbird (4)
     sericea - Black Sunbird (7)
     calcostetha - Copper-throated Sunbird (4)

Nectarinia

     bocagii - Bocage's Sunbird (1)
     purpureiventris - Purple-breasted Sunbird (1)
     tacazze - Tacazze Sunbird (2)
     kilimensis - Bronzy Sunbird (5)
     famosa - Malachite Sunbird (8)
     johnstoni - Scarlet-tufted Sunbird (1)

Drepanorhynchus

     reichenowi - Golden-winged Sunbird (3)

Cinnyris

     chloropygius - Olive-bellied Sunbird (2)
     minullus - Tiny Sunbird (1)
     manoensis - Miombo Double-collared Sunbird (1)
     chalybeus - Southern Double-collared Sunbird (7)
     neergaardi - Neergaard's Sunbird (2)
     stuhlmanni - Ruwenzori Double-collared Sunbird (1)
     prigoginei - Prigogine's Double-collared Sunbird (1)
     ludovicensis - Ludwig's Double-collared Sunbird (3)
     reichenowi - Northern Double-collared Sunbird (2)
     afer - Greater Double-collared Sunbird (7)
     regius - Regal Sunbird (2)
     rockefelleri - Rockefeller's Sunbird (1)
     mediocris - Eastern Double-collared Sunbird (1)
     moreaui - Moreau's Sunbird (1)
     loveridgei - Loveridge's Sunbird (1)
     pulchellus - Beautiful Sunbird (12)
     mariquensis - Marico Sunbird (4)
     shelleyi - Shelley's Sunbird (3)
     congensis - Congo Sunbird (1)
     erythrocercus - Red-chested Sunbird (3)
     nectarinioides - Black-bellied Sunbird (6)
     bifasciatus - Purple-banded Sunbird (5)
     tsavoensis - Tsavo Sunbird (1)
     chalcomelas - Violet-breasted Sunbird (1)
     pembae - Pemba Sunbird (1)
     bouvieri - Orange-tufted Sunbird (2)
     osea - Palestine Sunbird (4)
     habessinicus - Shining Sunbird (2)
     coccinigastrus - Splendid Sunbird (5)
     johannae - Johanna's Sunbird (2)
     superbus - Superb Sunbird (3)
     rufipennis - Rufous-winged Sunbird (1)
     oustaleti - Oustalet's Sunbird (1)
     talatala - White-bellied Sunbird (3)
     venustus - Variable Sunbird (6)
     fuscus - Dusky Sunbird (2)
     ursulae - Ursula's Sunbird (1)
     batesi - Bates's Sunbird (1)
     cupreus - Copper Sunbird (4)
     asiaticus - Purple Sunbird (6)
     jugularis - Olive-backed Sunbird (15)
     buettikoferi - Apricot-breasted Sunbird (1)
     solaris - Flame-breasted Sunbird (2)
     sovimanga - Souimanga Sunbird (4)
     notatus - Malagasy Green Sunbird (5)
     dussumieri - Seychelles Sunbird (2)
     humbloti - Humblot's Sunbird (1)
     comorensis - Anjouan Sunbird (3)
     coquerellii - Mayotte Sunbird (2)
     lotenius - Loten's Sunbird (1)

Aethopyga

     duyvenbodei - Elegant Sunbird (2)
     ignicauda - Fire-tailed Sunbird (2)
     saturata - Black-throated Sunbird (1)
     gouldiae - Mrs. Gould's Sunbird (4)
     nipalensis - Green-tailed Sunbird (2)
     shelleyi - Lovely Sunbird (2)
     temminckii - Temminck's Sunbird (2)
     mystacalis - Javan Sunbird (1)
     vigorsii - Western Crimson Sunbird (2)
     siparaja - Crimson Sunbird (6)
     magnifica - Magnificent Sunbird (2)
     christinae - Fork-tailed Sunbird (4)
     bella - Handsome Sunbird (2)
     eximia - White-flanked Sunbird (5)
     flagrans - Flaming Sunbird (1)
     guimarasensis - Maroon-naped Sunbird (1)
     pulcherrima - Metallic-winged Sunbird (1)
     jefferyi - Mountain Sunbird (1)
     decorosa - Bohol Sunbird (1)
     linaraborae - Lina's Sunbird (1)
     primigenia - Grey-hooded Sunbird (1)
     boltoni - Apo Sunbird (1)
     tibolii - Tboli Sunbird (1)

Arachnothera

     crassirostris - Thick-billed Spiderhunter (3)
     robusta - Long-billed Spiderhunter (3)
     flammifera - Orange-tufted Spiderhunter (1)
     dilutior - Pale Spiderhunter (1)
     longirostra - Little Spiderhunter (3)
     hypogrammicum - Purple-naped Sunbird (5)
     juliae - Whitehead's Spiderhunter (1)
     clarae - Naked-faced Spiderhunter (1)
     chrysogenys - Yellow-eared Spiderhunter (1)
     flavigaster - Spectacled Spiderhunter (3)
     magna - Streaked Spiderhunter (5)
     affinis - Streaky-breasted Spiderhunter (1)
     modesta - Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (3)
     everetti - Bornean Spiderhunter (1)

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