Metallic-winged Sunbird (Aethopyga pulcherrima)

The Metallic-winged Sunbird is a stunning bird found in the humid mountain forests of Africa, particularly in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi. This beautiful bird belongs to the family of Nectariniidae and is known for its metallic-colored plumage, especially the wings and tail, reflecting a kaleidoscopic range of colors such as blue, turquoise, green, purple, and copper.

This sunbird species is sexually dimorphic, meaning that males and females have different physical characteristics. Males have a distinctive metallic green-blue head, back, and throat, while their wings and tail are iridescent black. In contrast, females have duller colors, with a brownish-gray body and white underparts, making them harder to differentiate from other sunbird species.

Like most sunbirds, the Metallic-winged Sunbird feeds on nectar and insects. Their long, curved bills enable them to probe flowers and extract nectar, making them important pollinators. They also catch insects in mid-air with their sharp bills, which are essential for their survival. They actively defend their feeding territories and are known for their aggressive behavior towards other birds that try to trespass on their territory.

The breeding behavior of this species varies depending on the location and season. In some areas, they breed throughout the year, while in others, they breed mainly during the rainy season. Unlike other birds, the Metallic-winged Sunbird does not construct a nest but instead uses an abandoned cavity, such as a tree hole or a crevice in a rock face. Females lay one or two eggs, which are incubated for about two weeks before hatching. The chicks are fed mainly on insects and nectar until they fledge the nest.

Despite their striking appearance, the Metallic-winged Sunbird is not commonly kept in captivity. However, it is highly treasured by bird watchers and conservationists, who work hard to preserve their habitat and protect them from threats such as deforestation, climate change, and hunting. Observing these birds in their natural habitat is a privilege, and spotting one in the wild is a truly unforgettable experience.

Other names

Aethopyga pulcherrima



Metallic-winged Sunbird

suimanga ales d'acer



zelenokrili medosas

strdimil třpytivý




Souimanga montagnard


Nettarinia alimetallo


kalninė smailiauodegė nektarinukė


kwiatownik epoletowy


Блестящая острохвостая нектарница

nektárovka filipínska

Suimanga submontano

smaragdvingad solfågel

Metal Kanatlı Nektarkuşu

сіпарая гірська

fényesszárnyú nektármadár