French: Souimanga améthyste German: Amethystglanzköpfchen Spanish: Suimanga amatista
#R, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. deminuta
Cabanis, 1880 – SE Gabon, S Congo, W & SE DRCongo, Angola, Namibia, N & W Zambia and N Botswana.
C. a. kirkii
(Shelley, 1876) – SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, Kenya, Somalia (Jubba Valley), Tanzania, Burundi, E & S Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique (S to Coguna) and Zimbabwe.
C. a. amethystina
(Shaw, 1812) – E Botswana, S Mozambique (S of R Limpopo), Swaziland and E & S South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal S to S coastal Western Cape).
13–15 cm; male 9·2–18·5g, female 8·3–16·9 g. Male nominate race has iridescent green patch on forehead (sometimes appears silvery light green or gold),... read more
Complex song consists of ascending and descending rapid twittering, including sequences of “chip-... read more
Savanna woodlands, forest edge, gardens and hillsides with many flowering aloes (Aloe) and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including emergent termites (Isoptera); also spiders (Araneae), and nectar. A multitude of known foodplants, including species of... read more
Laying recorded in May, Oct and Dec in Angola, Feb and Sept–Nov in DRCongo, Aug in Somalia, throughout year in E Africa (Sept–... read more
Primarily resident. Partial migrant locally: influx from W in Zimbabwe in May–Aug, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Has only very small and limited ranges in Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Common in most of rest of range. Status uncertain in SE Ethiopia; only three... read more
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