E. Double-collared Sunbird

Cinnyris mediocris ?

Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris mediocris, photo © by Michael Plagens.

The male Double Collared Sunbird is visiting flowers of a parasitic plant, Phragmanthera sp.. Kitale, Kenya. April 2013.

Kenya has 33 species of sunbirds many of which can be difficult to identify due to color variations and the fact that the irridescent feathers take on different shades depending on the direction of light relative to the observer. The bird shown here, is, I believe, the Eastern Double Collared Sunbird. The Northern Double-collared Sunbird is similar; it has a wider red band.

Nectariniidae -- Sunbird Family

Books

  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:


Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, page created 19 Sept. 2013,
updated 9 Sept. 2015