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Blue-throated Brown Sunbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by andy wilkes
Uganda, March 2009
Cyanomitra cyanolaema

Nectarinia cyanolaema


Female - Subspecies C. c. magnirostrata
Photo © by whiteheadedvulture
Manso Nkwanta, Ashanti region, Ghana
18 February 2022

14–15 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Dark metallic bluish-green forehead, chin and throat
  • Brown crown, head sides and upperparts


Western Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po)


This is one of the seven Sunbirds that have recently been moved into the genus Cyanomitra from the genus Nectarinia.


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. magnirostrata:
  • C. c. octaviae:
  • C. c. cyanolaema:
  • Bioko Island (Gulf of Guinea)


Forests, more open forested areas, gardens and cultivated areas, savanna gallery forests.



Their diet consists of insects, seeds and small fruits.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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