Area of zoo
Blackburn Pavilion
Enclosure status
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Nectarinia coccinigaster
West and central tropical Africa
Wet savannah and forests

Splendid sunbird facts

This nectar-feeding species has specially adapted tongue and bill so that it can easily feed on juicy nectar. Splendid sunbirds can also hover, just like a hummingbird, to access all flowers, although it does like to perch where possible.

Splendid sunbird perched on a flower
Splendid sunbird perched on a wired fence

What do splendid sunbirds look like?

Male birds can be spotted through their glossy purple feathers and a dark green back. They also possess a crimson breast patch. The female birds are coloured green and brown, with a yellow plumage below. 

What do splendid sunbirds eat?

Mostly nectar but they will also eat insects, which they feed to their young.

Birds at the Zoo

  • Waldrapp ibis at London zoo
    Geronticus eremita

    Waldrapp ibis

    There are only around 250 of these birds left in the wild, spread thinly across many countries.

  • A greater flamingo with a chick
    Greater flamingos

    Greater flamingo

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  • A pair of pelicans at London Zoo
    Eastern white pelican

    Eastern white pelican

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  • Ruppell's griffon vulture close up
    Gyps rueppelli

    Ruppell’s griffon vulture

    This vulture holds the record for the greatest flying height recorded for any bird.

  • Red and yellow barbet on a branch in a tree
    Trachyphonus erythrocephalus

    Red and yellow barbet

    They dig tunnels into banks and termite mounds to create nest chambers, and their calls sound like "red and yellow" repeated.

  • Abdim's stork at London Zoo
    Ciconia abdimii

    Abdim's Stork

    Abdim’s stork are thought to bring rain and good luck, and form huge flocks of up to 10,000 birds.