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Nectariniidae - Sunbirds, Spiderhunters

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Nectariniidae
Malachite SunbirdThere are about 124 species of birds in this family. They are all found in Asia, Africa, Australia.

They are small birds, between 3-8 inches in length. They have long, thin, down-curved bills; long tongues; medium to long tails; and short legs. Many species are brightly colored and have a metallic sheen. Males are usually more brightly colored than females.

They are found in forests and scrublands. They eat nectar, insects, and small fruits. They are very good fliers and some can hover like hummingbirds while taking nectar, but most perch to feed.

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH IntroducedIntroduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Handsome Sunbird -  Aethopyga bella Least Concern   Asia
Apo Sunbird - Aethopyga boltoni Least Concern Asia
Fork-tailed Sunbird - Aethopyga christinae Least Concern Asia
Elegant Sunbird - Aethopyga duyvenbodei Endangered Asia
White-flanked Sunbird - Aethopyga eximia Least Concern Asia
Flaming Sunbird - Aethopyga flagrans Least Concern Asia
Gould's Sunbird - Aethopyga gouldiae Least Concern Asia
Fire-tailed Sunbird - Aethopyga ignicauda Least Concern Asia
Lina's Sunbird - Aethopyga linaraborae Near Threatened Asia
Scarlet Sunbird - Aethopyga mystacalis Least Concern Asia
Green-tailed Sunbird - Aethopyga nipalensis Least Concern Asia
Gray-hooded Sunbird - Aethopyga primigenia Near Threatened Asia
Metallic-winged Sunbird - Aethopyga pulcherrima Least Concern Asia
Black-throated Sunbird - Aethopyga saturata Least Concern Asia
Lovely Sunbird - Aethopyga shelleyi Least Concern Asia
Crimson Sunbird - Aethopyga siparaja Least Concern Asia
Anchieta's Sunbird - Anthreptes anchietae Least Concern Africa
Violet-tailed Sunbird - Anthreptes aurantium Least Concern Africa
Collared Sunbird - Anthreptes collaris Least Concern Africa
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird - Anthreptes fraseri Least Concern Africa
Mouse-brown Sunbird - Anthreptes gabonicus Least Concern Africa
Western Violet-backed Sunbird - Anthreptes longuemarei Least Concern Africa
Plain-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes malacensis Least Concern Asia
Nile Valley Sunbird - Anthreptes metallicus Least Concern Africa Asia
Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird - Anthreptes neglectus Least Concern Africa
Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird - Anthreptes orientalis Least Concern Africa
Amani Sunbird - Anthreptes pallidigaster Endangered Africa
Pygmy Sunbird - Anthreptes platurus Least Concern Africa
Green Sunbird - Anthreptes rectirostris Least Concern Africa
Plain-backed Sunbird - Anthreptes reichenowi Near Threatened Africa
Red-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes rhodolaemus Near Threatened Asia
Banded Sunbird - Anthreptes rubritorques Vulnerable Africa
Plain Sunbird - Anthreptes simplex Least Concern Asia
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird - Anthreptes singalensis Least Concern Asia
Gray-breasted Spiderhunter - Arachnothera affinis Least Concern Asia
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter - Arachnothera chrysogenys Least Concern Asia
Naked-faced Spiderhunter - Arachnothera clarae Least Concern Asia
Thick-billed Spiderhunter - Arachnothera crassirostris Least Concern Asia
Bornean Spiderhunter - Arachnothera everetti Least Concern Asia
Spectacled Spiderhunter - Arachnothera flavigaster Least Concern Asia
Whitheead's Spiderhunter - Arachnothera juliae Least Concern Asia
Little Spiderhunter - Arachnothera longirostra Least Concern Asia
Streaked Spiderhunter - Arachnothera magna Least Concern Asia
Long-billed Spiderhunter - Arachnothera robusta Least Concern Asia
Purple-naped Sunbird - Hypogramma hypogrammicum Least Concern Asia
Buff-throated Sunbird - Nectarinia adelberti Least Concern Africa
Greater Double-collared Sunbird - Nectarinia afra Least Concern Africa
Blue-headed Sunbird - Nectarinia alinae Least Concern Africa
Amethyst Sunbird - Nectarinia amethystina Least Concern Africa
Purple Sunbird - Nectarinia asiatica Least Concern Asia
Black Sunbird - Nectarinia aspasia Least Concern Australia Asia
Socotra Sunbird - Nectarinia balfouri Least Concern Asia
Bannerman's Sunbird - Nectarinia bannermani Least Concern Africa
Bates's Sunbird - Nectarinia batesi Least Concern Africa
Purple-banded Sunbird - Nectarinia bifasciata Least Concern Africa
Bocage's Sunbird - Nectarinia bocagii Least Concern Africa
Orange-tufted Sunbird - Nectarinia bouvieri Least Concern Africa
Apricot-breasted Sunbird - Nectarinia buettikoferi Least Concern Asia
Copper-throated Sunbird - Nectarinia calcostetha Least Concern Asia
Violet-breasted Sunbird - Nectarinia chalcomelas Least Concern Africa
Southern Double-collared Sunbird - Nectarinia chalybea Least Concern Africa
Olive-bellied Sunbird - Nectarinia chloropygia Least Concern Africa

Splendid Sunbird - Nectarinia coccinigaster Least Concern Africa
Anjouan Sunbird - Nectarinia comorensis Least Concern Africa


  Congo Sunbird - Nectarinia congensis Least Concern Africa
Mayotte Sunbird - Nectarinia coquerellii Least Concern Africa
Copper Sunbird - Nectarinia cuprea Least Concern Africa
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird - Nectarinia cyanolaema Least Concern Africa
Seychelles Sunbird - Nectarinia dussumieri Least Concern Africa
Red-chested Sunbird - Nectarinia erythrocerca Least Concern Africa
Malachite Sunbird - Nectarinia famosa Least Concern Africa
Nectarinia fuelleborni Least Concern Africa
Carmelite Sunbird - Nectarinia fuliginosa Least Concern Africa
Dusky Sunbird - Nectarinia fusca Least Concern Africa
Shining Sunbird - Nectarinia habessinica Least Concern Africa Asia
Principe Sunbird - Nectarinia hartlaubii Least Concern Africa
Humblot's Sunbird - Nectarinia humbloti Least Concern Africa
Hunter's Sunbird - Nectarinia hunteri Least Concern Africa
Johanna's Sunbird - Nectarinia johannae Least Concern Africa
Red-tufted Sunbird - Nectarinia johnstoni Least Concern Africa
Olive-backed Sunbird - Nectarinia jugularis Least Concern Australia Asia
Bronze Sunbird - Nectarinia kilimensis Least Concern Africa
Long-billed Sunbird - Nectarinia lotenia Least Concern Asia
Loveridge's Sunbird - Nectarinia loveridgei Endangered Africa
Miombo Double-collared Sunbird - Nectarinia manoensis Least Concern Africa
Mariqua Sunbird - Nectarinia mariquensis Least Concern Africa
Nectarinia mediocris Least Concern Africa
Crimson-backed Sunbird - Nectarinia minima Least Concern Asia
Tiny Sunbird - Nectarinia minulla Least Concern Africa
Moreau's Sunbird - Nectarinia moreaui Near Threatened Africa
Black-bellied Sunbird - Nectarinia nectarinioides Least Concern Africa
Neergaard's Sunbird - Nectarinia neergardi Near Threatened Africa
Newton's Sunbird - Nectarinia newtonii Least Concern Africa
Long-billed Green Sunbird - Nectarinia notata Least Concern Africa
Olive Sunbird - Nectarinia olivacea Least Concern Africa
Cameroon Sunbird - Nectarinia oritis Least Concern Africa
Palestine Sunbird - Nectarinia osea Least Concern Africa Asia
Oustalet's Sunbird - Nectarinia oustaleti Least Concern Africa
Pemba Sunbird - Nectarinia pembae Least Concern Africa
Northern Double-collared Sunbird - Nectarinia preussi Least Concern Africa
Beautiful Sunbird - Nectarinia pulchella Least Concern Africa
Purple-breasted Sunbird - Nectarinia purpureiventris Least Concern Africa
Regal Sunbird - Nectarinia regia Least Concern Africa
Reichenbach's Sunbird - Nectarinia reichenbachii Least Concern Africa
Golden-winged Sunbird - Nectarinia reichenowi Least Concern Africa
Rockefeller's Sunbird - Nectarinia rockefelleri Vulnerable Africa
Green-throated Sunbird - Nectarinia rubescens Least Concern Africa
Rufous-winged Sunbird - Nectarinia rufipennis Vulnerable Africa
Little Green Sunbird - Nectarinia seimundi Least Concern Africa
Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Nectarinia senegalensis Least Concern Africa
Shelley's Sunbird - Nectarinia shelleyi Least Concern Africa
Flame-breasted Sunbird - Nectarinia solaris Least Concern Africa Asia
Souimanga Sunbird - Nectarinia sovimanga Least Concern
Purple-throated Sunbird - Nectarinia sperata Least Concern Asia
Superb Sunbird - Nectarinia superba Least Concern Africa
Tacazze Sunbird - Nectarinia tacazze Least Concern Africa
White-breasted Sunbird - Nectarinia talatala Least Concern Africa
Giant Sunbird - Nectarinia thomensis Vulnerable Africa
Ursula's Sunbird - Nectarinia ursulae Least Concern Africa
Variable Sunbird - Nectarinia venusta Least Concern Africa
Mouse-colored Sunbird - Nectarinia veroxii Least Concern Africa
Green-headed Sunbird - Nectarinia verticalis Least Concern Africa
Orange-breasted Sunbird - Nectarinia violacea Least Concern Africa
Purple-rumped Sunbird - Nectarinia zeylonica Least Concern Asia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Amani Sunbird - Anthreptes pallidigaster Photos Endangered Africa
The Amani sunbird is found in Kenya, and Tanzania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Apo Sunbird - Aethopyga boltoni Photos Least Concern Asia
The Apo sunbird is found in the Philippines.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Apo Sunbird -Aethopyga boltoni Video Least Concern Asia
The Apo sunbird is found in tropical mountain forests.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-throated Sunbird -Aethopyga saturata Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The black-throated sunbird is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bronze Sunbird - Nectarinia kilimensis Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The bronze sunbird is found in Angola, Burundi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Crimson Sunbird -Aethopyga siparaja Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The crimson sunbird is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Crimson-backed Sunbird - Nectarinia minima Photos Least Concern Asia
The crimson-backed sunbird is found in India.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Elegant Sunbird - Aethopyga duyvenbodei profile Photos Endangered Asia
The elegant sunbired is found in Indonesia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Fire-tailed Sunbird -Aethopyga ignicauda Video Least Concern Asia
The fire-tailed sunbird is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Thailand.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Flaming Sunbird -Aethopyga flagrans Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The flaming sunbird is found in the Philippines.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fork-tailed Sunbird -Aethopyga christinae Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The fork-tailed sunbird is found in China, Hong Kong, Laos, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Giant Sunbird - Nectarinia thomensis profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The giant sunbired is found in Sao Tomé and Principe.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gould's Sunbird -Aethopyga gouldiae Photos Video Least Concern Asia
Gould's sunbird is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam .
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray-breasted Spiderhunter -Arachnothera affinis Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The gray-breasted spiderhunter is found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is also known as the streaky-breasted spiderhunter.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray-hooded Sunbird - Aethopyga primigenia Photos Near Threatened Asia
The gray-hooded sunbired is found in the Philippines.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gray-hooded Sunbird -Aethopyga primigenia Video Near Threatened Asia
The gray-hooded sunbird is found in tropical and subtropical mountain forests.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Green Sunbird -Anthreptes rectirostris Video Least Concern Africa
The green sunbird is found in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Green-tailed Sunbird -Aethopyga nipalensis Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The green-tailed sunbird is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Handsome Sunbird -Aethopyga bella Photos Video Audio Least Concern   Asia
The handsome sunbird is found in the Philippines.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird -Anthreptes orientalis Video Least Concern Africa
The Kenya violet-backed sunbird is found in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lina's Sunbird - Aethopyga linaraborae Photos Near Threatened Asia
Lina's sunbired is found in the Philippines.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Little Spiderhunter -Arachnothera longirostra Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The little spiderhunter is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lovely Sunbird -Aethopyga shelleyi Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The lovely sunbird is found in the Philippines.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Loveridge's Sunbird - Nectarinia loveridgei Photos Endangered Africa
Loveridge''s sunbird is found in Tanzania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Malachite Sunbird - Nectarinia famosa Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The malachite sunbird is found in Burundi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo,, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Metallic-winged Sunbird -Aethopyga pulcherrima Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The metallic-winged sunbird is found in the Philippines.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Mouse-brown Sunbird -Anthreptes gabonicus Photos Least Concern Africa
The mouse-brown sunbird is found in Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Naked-faced Spiderhunter -Arachnothera clarae Video Least Concern Asia
The naked-faced spidereater is found in the Philippines.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Neergaard's Sunbird - Nectarinia neergardi Photos Near Threatened Africa
Neergaard's sunbird is found in Mozambique and South Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Plain Sunbird -Anthreptes simplex Photos Least Concern Asia
The plain sunbird is found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Plain-backed Sunbird - Anthreptes reichenowi Photos Near Threatened Africa
The plain-backed sunbird is found in Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe .
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Plain-backed Sunbird -Anthreptes reichenowi Photos Near Threatened Africa
The plain-backed sunbird, like most birds in htis family, eats nectar and some insects.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Plain-throated Sunbird -Anthreptes malacensis Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The plain-throated sunbird is found in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is also known as the brown-throated sunbird.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Purple Sunbird - Nectarinia asiatica Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The purple sunbird is found in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Purple-breasted Sunbird -Nectarinia purpureiventris Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The purple-breasted sunbird is found in Burundi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Red-throated Sunbird - Anthreptes rhodolaemus Photos Near Threatened Asia
The red-throated sunbird is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand .
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Red-tufted Sunbird - Nectarinia johnstoni Photos Least Concern Africa
The red-tufted sunbird is found in The Democratic Republic of the Congo,, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Rufous-winged Sunbird - Nectarinia rufipennis profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The rufous-winged sunbird is found in Tanzania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Streaked Spiderhunter -Arachnothera magna Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia
The streaked spiderhunter is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laosc, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Tacazze Sunbird - Nectarinia tacazze Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The Tacazze sunbird is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Thick-billed Spiderhunter -Arachnothera crassirostris Video Least Concern Asia
The thick-billed spiderhunter is found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Violet-breasted Sunbird - Nectarinia chalcomelas Photos Least Concern Africa
The violet-breasted sunbird is found in Kenya and Somalia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Western Violet-backed Sunbird -Anthreptes longuemarei Photos Least Concern Africa
The western violet-backed sunbird is found in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo , Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Whitheead's Spiderhunter -Arachnothera juliae Photos Video Least Concern Asia
Whitheead's spiderhunter is found in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-eared Spiderhunter -Arachnothera chrysogenys Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The yellow-eared spiderhunter is found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam .
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No