Shining Sunbird Cinnyris habessinicus Scientific name definitions

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


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Two populations separated by the Red Sea. In Arabia, occurs from Hijaz in western Saudi Arabia south through Yemen, and east to Dhofar in southwest Oman. In Africa, the species occurs through the Red Sea province of Sudan, north to the Gebel Elba region on the Egyptian border, and south through Eritrea and Djibouti to northern Somalia, then mainly through northern and central Ethiopia to southwest Somalia, central Kenya (south to the Kongelai escarpment, Kito Pass, Baringo, Isiolo, and Meru National Park), northeast Uganda (Mt Moroto), and southeast South Sudan (Kassala province and near Naita).

Historical Changes to the Distribution

None reported.

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