French: Guêpier à collier bleu German: Blaubrustspint Spanish: Abejaruco variegado
Other common names:
Malimbe, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
M. v. loringi
(Mearns, 1915) – extreme SE Nigeria (Obudu and Mambilla Plateaux) and S Cameroon E to Uganda, NW Tanzania and W Kenya.
M. v. variegatus
Vieillot, 1817 – Gabon E to SC DRCongo (Kasai), Rwanda, Burundi and S to N Angola.
M. v. bangweoloensis
(C. H. B. Grant, 1915) – C Angola, Zambia, S DRCongo and SW Tanzania.
18–21 cm; 20–25 g. Nominate race has crown and upperparts green, a broad black eyestripe, white cheeks and neck sides, and yellow throat bordered below by deep... read more
Overall rather similar to M. pusillus, but somewhat lower-pitched. Calls are “pip”, “tup-... read more
Prefers reedy lakeshores and papyrus beds, marshes, grassy hillsides, rank grassland at up to 2100... read more
Food and feeding
Eats wide variety of airborne insects: in one study (based on data from Cameroon and Zambia), 86% honeybees, flower bees, halictid bees,... read more
Breeds in Feb–Mar in Cameroon and N Zaire, Oct–Dec in Tanzania, Aug–Sept in Gabon, and Sept–Oct in Zambia. Nests... read more
Mostly resident, though doubtless subject to same degree of local movements and nomadism induced by... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent to common in prime habitat in many parts of range. In Cameroon, common at 1900–2300 m on Mt Manenguba, less common at up to 2400 m on... read more
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