French: Souimanga à longue queue German: Elfennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga colilargo sudanés
Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau E to Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, S to Sierra Leone, C Nigeria, N Cameroon, Central African Republic, South Sudan, extreme NE DRCongo, Uganda and NW Kenya.
Male 14–17 cm, 5·6–10·2 g; female 9–11 cm, 5·6–8 g; unsexed 5·3–6·7 g. Male breeding has head, upperparts and upperwing-coverts bright metallic green, uppertail-coverts... read more
Song consists of a warble of rising and falling high-pitched notes, involving “ti-tsu-tswee” and... read more
Dry thorn savannas, riversides and gardens, but usually near water, e.g. semi-permanent rivers and... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar and small flowers (e.g. of Acacia); insects, and spiders (Araneae). Forages singly, occasionally in small groups. Visits... read more
Breeds during rainy seasons; laying recorded in Jun–Oct in Mauritania and Senegal, Jun–Mar in Gambia, Jul in Mali, Jun in Burkina Faso, Apr... read more
Some resident throughout range, except in far N. Complex movement patterns apparently related to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common (even locally abundant) throughout most of range, especially in Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Kenya, Mauritania, Senegambia and Sudan... read more
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