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Collared sunbird, Hedydipna collaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Nectariniidae
Genus: Hedydipna
Cabanis, 1850

H. collaris
H. platura
H. metallica
H. pallidigaster



Hedydipna is a genus of sunbirds. It contains the following species,[1] which are sometimes included in genus Anthreptes.

The name Hedydipna comes from the Greek hēdudeipnos, meaning "dainty-supping" or "sweet-eating" — a reference to the nectar sipping habits of these species.[2] These sunbirds are largely restricted to Africa and western islands in the Indian Ocean, though the Nile Valley sunbird is found as far east as Yemen.[3]


  1. ^ "ITIS Report: Hedydipna". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 187. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  3. ^ Mann, Clive F.; Cheke, Robert A. (2001). Sunbirds: A Guide to the Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers, Spiderhunters and Sugarbirds of the World. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-8734-0380-8.