The variable sunbird (or yellow-bellied sunbird), Cinnyris venustus (formerly Nectarinia venusta), is a sunbird. The sunbirds are a group of small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

The variable sunbird is a fairly common resident breeder in equatorial Africa. Two eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree. This species is found in open woodland and cultivation.

Variable sunbirds are small, only 10 cm long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding.

The adult male has a glossy green head, throat and nape, and a maroon breast band. In most subspecies, the belly of the male is yellow, but in a few it is orange or white. The female has grey-brown upperparts and yellowish underparts, and an obvious pale supercilium. The eclipse male is like the female, but shows some green, especially on the throat. The call is a clear tew-tew-tew-tew-tew .



Variable Sunbird
Date Location Count
2021-02-02 10:29Baie de Mermoz3
2021-02-17 08:58Kinunu Kivu Lodge1
2021-02-27 09:10Gisakura Tea Factory & Forest3
2021-02-25 16:20Gisakura Village3
2021-02-25 08:45Gisakura Park Reception-- Ndambarare Trail1
2021-02-07 07:54Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp4
2021-02-08 10:00Ruhija to 'The Neck'2
2021-02-16 11:33Nyungwe NP--Uwinka1
2021-02-25 06:07Rangiro Road1
2021-02-12 04:00Mgahinga NP3
2021-02-20 16:30Chimpanzee Guesthouse3
2021-02-16 09:51Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Ruhija Community Rest Camp2
2021-02-13 16:18Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Ruhija1
2021-02-15 08:40Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Bamboo Zone3
2021-02-22 10:03Bigodi Swamp1
2021-02-27 07:57Bigodi Community Walk1
2021-02-04 08:26Kibale Forest Camp2
2021-02-13 10:00Echuya Forest Reserve3
2021-02-21 07:52Inyange Factory Wetland1
2021-02-04 17:21Budongo Forest Reserve--Royal Mile1
2021-02-23 08:23Nyaruhuru River @ Akagera Rd2
2021-02-25 16:15Entebbe Botanical Garden2
2021-02-21 08:18Moroto (Village)5
2021-02-27 12:00Gondar (town)4
2021-02-20 07:40Lilayi Lodge
2021-02-24 06:48Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)1
2021-02-19 14:23Konso--Kanta Lodge1
2021-02-21 09:35St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)1
2021-02-01 07:00Lake Nakuru NP3
2021-02-08 15:03Lake Awassa--United Africa Shebelle Hotel area1
2021-02-18 10:38Lake Elementaita--Serena Camp (formerly Delamere Camp)1
2021-02-02 15:00Malu Farm6
2021-02-21 15:29Aberdare Country Club1
2021-02-08 06:55Upper Magadi Road (from Corner Baridi to Oltepesi/Olorgesaillie)1
2021-02-28 09:00U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)
2021-02-20 13:05Karen Country Club4
2021-02-07 14:48Kabete Dam (Gatara River)
2021-02-06 08:30Sigiri (Gigiri) Forest2
2021-02-28 06:15Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest
2021-02-24 07:56Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)1
2021-02-21 07:06Nairobi NP
2021-02-03 07:00Kitengela, Athi Plains1
2021-02-06 14:48Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge1
2021-02-26 08:00Magongo Hills25
2021-02-14 09:07Mandegee farm1
2021-02-10 05:08Greengrove Dam3
2021-02-23 05:59Aberfoyle Lodge1
2021-02-22 06:23Wamba Marsh3