French: Souimanga du Kenya German: Schwalbennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga keniata
Other common names:
Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird
Lado, on Bahr-el-Jebel (White Nile), Sudan
SE South Sudan, Ethiopia and NW & S Somalia S to N Uganda, Kenya and NE & WC Tanzania, also Rwanda.
12 cm; 8–12 g. Plump short-billed sunbird. Male has head and chin to nape and mantle iridescent bluish-violet, with back to rump iridescent bluish-green, uppertail-... read more
Song a brief series of rising and falling twitters, “too-wit-woo-tweu, zeet-zeet”; call 1 or 2 “... read more
Woodland, including junipers (Juniperus) in highlands, and dry bush country. Prefers drier... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and spiders (Araneae); nectar. Searches among foliage and bark in manner of Old World warbler (Sylviidae). Visits Leonotis... read more
Egg-laying in Nov–Mar in Sudan and Apr–Jun Ethiopia; recorded in all months except Mar and Sept in E Africa. Territorial. Nest... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda; uncommon in Kenya. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Awash National Park, in Ethiopia, and... read more
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