French: Souimanga de Bocage German: Bocagenektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Bocage
S DRCongo (S Kasai Occidental) and Angola (highlands from Malanje, N Bié and W Lunda Sul S to Benguela and N Huíla; NE Lunda Norte; Ninda, in Moxico).
Male 19 cm, 14·5–15 g; female 14 cm. Male breeding is dark iridescent violet, reflecting blue-green, above; graduated tail black, edged violet, elongated central... read more
Loud “wiep-wiep” call, and “tsiek-tsiek” uttered by quarrelling males.
Woodlands, such as Baikiaea plurijuga woodland, fringes of miombo woodland and montane... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, probably also insects. Feeds from mistletoes (Loranthaceae), Erythrina and Sabicea africana. Forages singly and... read more
Laying in Feb in Angola and Jan and Oct in DRCongo. Male courts female in fast zigzagging flights. Large nest composed of fibres, lined... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common.
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