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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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).
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).