Violet-tailed Sunbird

The Violet-tailed Sunbird is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Violet-tailed Sunbird (Anthreptes aurantium) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is found near water in forest, scrub and mangrove in the Central African countries of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Gabon. It is part of the violet-backed sunbird superspecies. References - * BirdLife International 2004. Anthreptes aurantium. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. More

Violet-Tailed Sunbird, which end where the tropical rainforests of central Africa meet the surrounding savannah. Similarly they found that lots of species' ranges end on the slopes of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania; examples include mountain-dwelling species such as the Usambara Eagle Owl and Udzungwa Forest Partridge, which do not expand their ranges into the surrounding lowlands. More

highlights were a striking male Violet-tailed Sunbird feeding at some blood-red flowers, and a confiding Black Dwarf Hornbill. Black-faced Canary and Orange Weaver were welcome additions to our garden list. The second morning was spent in Lope National Park. En route to Dja River Warbler marsh we paused to admire Compact Weaver, Yellow-mantled Widow, Whistling Cisticola, flocks of squawking Grey Parrot, Grey-headed Kingfisher, and African Pied, Piping and Black-casqued Hornbills. More

Our main quarry though, Violet-tailed Sunbird remained elusive. Instead we had to be happy with views of captive Lowland Gorillas that the staff of Operation Loango and WCS is hoping to habituate and release on the island. At dusk we headed out for a boat ride and soon Ed found us a Dwarf Crocodile. This part of Africa is home to three species of crocodilians. We later located the first of several Vermiculated Fishing Owls for the night. More

Violet-tailed Sunbird, Anthreptes aurantium Conservation status: Lower risk (lc) Little Green Sunbird, Anthreptes seimundi (sometimes included in Nectarinia) Conservation status: Lower risk (lc) Green Sunbird, Anthreptes rectirostris Conservation More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Nectariniidae
Genus : Anthreptes
Species : aurantium
Authority : Verreaux & Verreaux, 1851