Shining Sunbird Cinnyris habessinicus Scientific name definitions

Guy M. Kirwan
Version: 2.0 — Published October 8, 2021

Conservation and Management

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Conservation Status

BirdLife International currently treats African and Arabian populations as separate species (6); as a result their conservation status has been analysed independently according to IUCN criteria.

Mainland Africa (C. h. habessinicus, C. h. alter, and C. h. turkanae). Not globally threatened (Least Concern).

Arabian Peninsula (C. h. hellmayri and C. h. kinneari). Not globally threatened (Least Concern).


Mainland Africa (C. h. habessinicus, C. h. alter, and C. h. turkanae). Occurs in Awash National Park, in Ethiopia, and in Meru National Park, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and Shaba Game Reserve, in central Kenya (24).

Recommended Citation

Kirwan, G. M. (2021). Shining Sunbird (Cinnyris habessinicus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.shisun3.02