French: Guêpier noir German: Purpurspint Spanish: Abejaruco negro
Subspecies and Distribution
M. g. gularis
Shaw, 1798 – Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to SE Nigeria.
M. g. australis
(Reichenow, 1885) – SE Nigeria or W Cameroon through Congo Basin to W Uganda and N Angola.
20 cm; 25–34 g. Nominate race has black head with blue forehead and supercilium, and often a blue line below eye; scarlet throat feathers with basal part dark grey and... read more
Rather silent. Most common call is a high-pitched, strident “tsi!-lp” (bisyllabic on sonagram),... read more
Edges of high forest next to cleared land, plantations, waterways and larger clearings in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of airborne insects: hymenopterans including honeybees, other bees, wasps, and ants, also butterflies, dragonflies,... read more
Feb–Mar in Sierra Leone; in Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon burrow excavated in or after Jan and eggs laid in Mar–May; in Zaire (... read more
Resident and partial migrant. Best evidence for migration comes from Mt Nimba, Liberia, where there... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in E Sierra Leone, and frequent and widespread throughout most of range; fairly common in R Congo forests; common or numerous... read more
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