French: Souimanga de Hellmayr German: Arabiennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga árabe
Cinnyris habessinica hellmayri
mountains north of Lahej, southern Yemen
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. kinneari
Bates, 1935 – W Saudi Arabia (S Hijaz S to Asir).
C. h. hellmayri
Neumann, 1904 – extreme SW Saudi Arabia (Najran area), Yemen and SW Oman.
13 cm; male 10·6–12 g, female 9·5–10 g. Medium-sized sunbird with relatively long, decurved bill; generally darker-plumaged than any sympatric sunbird. Adult male is bright... read more
Song fast-paced and fluty-sounding, a trilled “tuu-tuu-tuu-tuu-vita-vita-du-du-du-du” that ends in... read more
Inhabits relatively luxuriant vegetation in steep-sided wadis or on hillsides, but also found in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet nectar and invertebrates, including larvae and caterpillars, but insects taken not well described, though they probably include ants... read more
Mostly breeds in Mar–Jul, but evidence of nesting activity recorded virtually year-round, e.g. nestbuilding reported third week of Jan in... read more
None specifically recorded, but seasonal wandering in pursuit of food resources suspected in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rather common if somewhat locally distributed. The population has been very approximately estimated to number in the region... read more
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