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
2020-02-22Ngor--Les Almadies2
2020-02-19Baie de Mermoz1
2020-02-16 10:25Technopole3
2020-02-10 10:30Lac Mbeubeusse1
2020-02-20 08:00Deni Biram Ndao (dunes)5
2020-02-02 12:06Tujereng Lagoon3
2020-02-04 08:00Brufut Woods5
2020-02-05 08:30Kotu Creek--Bridge and Mouth1
2020-02-12 09:17Farasuto Forest Community Nature Reserve2
2020-02-18 08:30Pirang Forest NP2
2020-02-10 07:45Finto Manares Forest Park5
2020-01-29 07:30Kabrousse1
2020-02-03 08:06Forêt de Djibelor (Eaux et Forêts)2
2020-02-11 07:45Baobolong Wetland4
2020-02-13 14:45Sankandi4
2020-02-06 11:39Lagoa do PNUD2
2020-02-09 13:09Hotel Barmoi2
2020-02-03 07:19Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)3
2020-01-30 16:17Silverback Lodge1
2020-01-30 08:00Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Buhoma2
2020-02-12 07:06Queen Elizabeth II NP2
2020-02-18 16:03Mgahinga NP1
2020-02-10 16:28Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Ruhija1
2020-01-31 09:05Budongo Forest Reserve--Royal Mile1
2020-02-14 15:58Gondar Hill Resort3
2020-02-10 15:19Gonder--Fasil Ghebbi1
2020-02-11 09:00Serengeti NP--Visitor Center2
2020-02-17 15:44Addis Ababa--Ghion Hotel1
2020-02-11 17:25Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Ndutu2
2020-02-02 15:30Addis Ababa--Bole International Airport1
2020-02-12 11:41Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Masek2
2020-01-31 07:27Lake Nakuru NP2
2020-02-01 07:15Hawassa Lake Promenade1
2020-02-13 13:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Olduvai Gorge2
2020-02-20 13:00Wondo Genet2
2020-02-22 11:06Wondo Genet--Wabi Shebelle hotel and stream1
2020-02-03 15:00Ngorongoro Farmhouse4
2020-02-04 08:00Manguo Swamp1
2020-02-17 07:10Lake Manyara--Serena Lodge1
2020-02-22 07:01Brackenhurst4
2020-02-16 20:00Arocha Kenya (Karara), incl. Tree Lane4
2020-01-27 07:40Paradise Lost7
2020-02-13 07:21Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest3
2020-02-17 07:21Karura Forest, Muthaiga13
2020-02-09 08:08Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam2
2020-01-30 17:00Urban Nairobi (general)2
2020-02-22 08:42Safari Park Hotel, Kasarani1
2020-02-22 11:30Nairobi NP6
2020-02-05 08:30Tarangire NP3
2020-01-29 12:00Tana River bridge2
2020-02-16 08:30Magongo Hills4
2020-02-01 10:53Zambian Rest House2
2020-02-16 08:04Arusha NP25
2020-02-21 10:01Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge1
2020-02-24 14:48Big and Small Momela Lakes2
2020-02-11 06:35Simba Farm3
2020-01-28 16:55College of African Wildlife Management2
2020-01-27 12:30Dzalanyama Forest Lodge area2