Species names in all available languages
|English (Kenya)||Shining Sunbird|
|English (United States)||Shining Sunbird|
|Spanish (Spain)||Suimanga brillante|
Guy M. Kirwan revised and standardized the account's content with Clements taxonomy. Tammy Zhang curated the media.
Cinnyris habessinicus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1828)
- habessinica / habessinicus
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Shining Sunbird Cinnyris habessinicus Scientific name definitions
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Courtship, Copulation, and Pair Bond
In Africa, displaying males have been observed to stretch up and shuffle along a perch towards the female, then swing the body from side to side before suddenly fluffing-out his plumage, thereby exposing the pectoral tufts; may take off vertically and return to the perch to sing (1, 2). Observations in Arabia reveal that the male can engage in a jerky song flight, with depressed tail designed to expose the rump, and will sometimes attempt to court two females simultaneously, with much chasing observed (28).