Yellow-bellied Sunbird (species: Cinnyris jugularis) in Frankland Island Group, QLD (Gaia Guide)
Cinnyris jugularis
Yellow-bellied Sunbird

©Charlie: Male on Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia.

©Charlie: Female on Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia.

©Charlie: Entrance to nest, Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Nectariniidae
Genus Cinnyris
Species Cinnyris jugularis



Distinguishing features

In most subspecies, the underparts of both male and female are bright yellow, the backs are a dull brown colour. The forehead, throat and upper breast of the adult male is a dark, metallic blue-black. In the Philippines the males of some subspecies have an orange band on the chest, in Wallacea and northern New Guinea some subspecies have most of the underparts blackish, and in southern China and adjacent parts of Vietnam most of the underparts of the male are greyish-white. (Wikipedia)


  • From 10 cm to 12 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



The scientific name is not accepted by Integrated Taxonomic Information System
by Gaia Guide


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found from Southern Asia to Australia. Originally from mangrove habitat, it has adapted well to humans, and is now common even in fairly densely populated areas, even forming their nests in human dwellings. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: Common at Lizard Island year-round


feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time. (Wikipedia)

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