27 Jun 2020

Arabian Sunbird – Raydah Escarpment

Whilst birding the Raydah Escarpment recently I saw a few Arabian Sunbird Cinnyris hellmayri. The birds were at the bottom of the escarpment near the village and dry wadi. It has previously been treated as conspecific with Shining Sunbird Cinnyris habessinicus, but differs in males by having much-reduced and slightly duller red breast-band and more extensive and deeper blue reflectant uppertail-coverts. In females they differ by having much darker grey or grey-brown plumage. They are a larger size and have a different song. There are two subspecies both of which are found is Saudi Arabia. C. h. kinnearithat occurs in western Saudi Arabia from the southern Hijaz mountains south to the Asir mountains. The second subspecies C. h. hellmayrioccurs in the extreme southwest of Saudi Arabia in the Najran area, Yemen and SW Oman.
Arabian Sunbird

Arabian Sunbird

Arabian Sunbird

Arabian Sunbird

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your blog. Are you still able to do some birdwatching at this time? I feel like it's just a handful of birds around now,just the usual suspects- mynah,pigeons and bulbul. Do you have any suggestions as to where to go in Dhahran to see more?

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