French: Souimanga nectarin German: Mennigbrust-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga ventrinegro
plains east of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. erlangeri
(Reichenow, 1905) – Northern Black-bellied Sunbird – extreme SE Ethiopia (banks of R Daua), S Somalia and NE Kenya.
C. n. nectarinioides
Richmond, 1897 – Southern Black-bellied Sunbird – SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
Male 13 cm, female 10 cm; 4–6 g. Male nominate race breeding has head, upperparts, including lesser wing-coverts, and chin and throat metallic golden-green with blue... read more
Song consists of 6–20 “tsk”, “chip” or “che” notes,... read more
Arid acacia (Acacia) savanna and riverine vegetation.
Food and feeding
Nectar, insects, and spiders (Araneae). Forages mainly at higher levels in trees. Visits flowers of acacias, baobab (Adansonia digitata... read more
Nest with egg in late Apr in Somalia; laying recorded in Apr–Aug and Nov in E Africa. Nest purse-shaped, usually with porch and “... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in Kenya and NE Tanzania; uncommon in Somalia; rare in Ethiopia. Possibly occurs also in SW Ethiopia, where reportedly seen at L Abaya... read more
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