Bronzy Sunbird

Nectarinia kilimensis

Bronze Sunbird, Nectarinia kilimensis, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Taking nectar at a cultivated hibiscus in Kapsabet, Nandi, 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. Depending on lighting the Bronzy Sunbird may appear all black, or else have shimmers of green and golden. The tail is long and there are two very long central feathers.

Nectariniidae -- Sunbird Family


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

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 16 October 2013,
updated 9 Sept. 2015.