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Mouse-coloured Sunbird Nectarinia veroxii

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 155,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.6 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally rare, although not uncommon locally in South Africa (Cheke et al. 2001).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Malawi Native Extant       Yes
Mozambique Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
South Africa Native Extant       Yes
Swaziland Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Kenya Arabuko-Sokoke Forest site factsheet
Kenya Boni and Dodori National Reserves site factsheet
Kenya Dakatcha Woodland site factsheet
Kenya Gede Ruins National Monument site factsheet
Kenya Lower Tana River Forests site factsheet
Kenya Mida Creek, Whale Island and the Malindi - Watamu coast site factsheet
Kenya Tana River Delta site factsheet
Malawi Lengwe National Park site factsheet
Mozambique Bazaruto Archipelago site factsheet
Mozambique Changelane river gorge site factsheet
Mozambique Maputo Special Reserve site factsheet
Mozambique Moebase region site factsheet
Mozambique Pomene site factsheet
Mozambique Zambezi River Delta site factsheet
South Africa Alexandria coastal belt site factsheet
South Africa Amatole Forest Complex site factsheet
South Africa Dhlinza Forest Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Dwesa and Cwebe Nature Reserves site factsheet
South Africa Entumeni Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park site factsheet
South Africa Katberg - Readsdale forest complex site factsheet
South Africa Kosi Bay system site factsheet
South Africa Lake Sibaya site factsheet
South Africa Lake St Lucia and Mkuze Swamps site factsheet
South Africa Mkambati Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Mkuzi Game Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Ndumo Game Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Ongoye Forest Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Umlalazi Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Umtamvuna Nature Reserve site factsheet
Swaziland Hlane and Mlawula Game Reserves site factsheet
Tanzania East Usambara Mountains site factsheet
Tanzania Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Kilwa District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Lindi District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Mnazi Bay site factsheet
Tanzania Mtwara District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Pemba Island site factsheet
Tanzania Rufiji Delta site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level suitable resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Nectarinia veroxii. Downloaded from on 04/05/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 04/05/2015.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Nectariniidae (Sunbirds)
Species name author (Smith, 1831)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 155,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change