SPECIES

Shining Sunbird Cinnyris habessinicus Scientific name definitions

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

Demography and Populations

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Life Span and Survivorship

No data from the wild, only captivity (45).

Population Spatial Metrics

Arabian Peninsula (C. h. hellmayri and C. h. kinneari). Two pairs in each 0.5-km square in which the species occurs (28).

Population Status

Mainland Africa (C. h. habessinicus, C. h. alter, and C. h. turkanae). Very common in north of range, e.g., in the Red Sea hills of Sudan (46), but becomes uncommon in south, e.g., in northern Kenya (25, 34, 47). Predicted to occur in northeast Uganda by Mann (48), but there is just one definite record (in Mt Moroto Forest Reserve) there (16, 17).

Arabian Peninsula (C. h. hellmayri and C. h. kinneari). Generally rather common, if somewhat locally distributed, in Arabia (19, 41, 28, 29, 20). The population has been very approximately estimated to number in the region of 500,000 pairs, based on an average of ca. 2 pairs in each 0.5-km square in which the species occurs (28).

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