Shining Sunbird Cinnyris habessinicus Scientific name definitions

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

Movements and Migration

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Considered to be resident, but local wandering in search of favored flowering plants to be expected in many areas (2); for example, in Gebel Elba region, the species is common in February and March when Delonix elata is in flower, but has disappeared by April, when these trees are no longer in bloom (12). In Arabia seasonal wandering in pursuit of food resources has been suspected in several areas (30), and the species has even been suspected of being only a seasonal visitor to the northernmost parts of its Arabian distribution (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