Formerly sometimes placed with M. gularis in genus Meropiscus. Has been placed with other small, rounded-winged species lacking tail-streamers in genus Melittophagus (see M. lafresnayii). Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. muelleri, but differs in its blue vs black moustachial area (2); darker blue crown with no white forecrown (2); greenish-blue vs blue tail (2); paler blue underparts (ns); elongate, narrowed and blunt-ended central tail feathers (2); zone of intergradation between R Cross, in Nigeria, and Douala, in Cameroon (2). Birds from Bioko sometimes recognized#R as race marionis#R (here and elsewhere previously misspelt marionensis). Monotypic.
Sierra Leone and SE Guinea to SW Ghana, S Nigeria to W Cameroon, and Bioko.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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