Gurney's Sugarbird
Gurney's Sugarbird (Promerops gurneyi)
At Cavern Resort, KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, South Africa.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Clade: Basal Passeroidea
Family: Promeropidae
Genus: Promerops
Species: P. gurneyi
Binomial name
Promerops gurneyi
Verreaux, 1871

Gurney's Sugarbird, Promerops gurneyi is a species of sugarbird in the Promeropidae family. It forms a superspecies with Cape Sugarbird. It is only found in southern Africa.[2]

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Other common names Gurney's Long-tailed Sugarbird, Natal Sugarbird, Natal Long-tailed Sugarbird, Chestnut-headed Sugarbird.

A painting by Joseph Smit.


The sugarbirds were once classed in Sturnidae (Sibley and Ahlquist, 1974), Meliphagidae (Salomonsen, 1933; Mayr and Amadon, 1951; White, 1963)or Nectariniidae (as Promeropinae, Cheke and Mann, 2001; Sibley and Monroe, 1990) or Turdidae. Linnaeus classified them as Merops, which is now limited to bee-eaters, but was once used for all long-tailed birds.


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  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Promerops gurneyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Cheke, Robert A.; Mann, Clive F.; Allen, Richard (illu.) (2001). Sunbirds: A Guide to the Sunbirds, Spiderhunters, Sugarbirds and Flowerpeckers of the World. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300089406. 

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