French: Souimanga à tête bleue German: Blaukopf-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga camerunés
Buea, 950 m, Mount Cameroon, Cameroon.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. o. bansoensis
Bannerman, 1922 – SE Nigeria (Obudu and Mambilla Plateaux) and highlands of W Cameroon (except Mt Cameroon).
C. o. oritis
(Reichenow, 1892) – Mt Cameroon (SW Cameroon).
C. o. poensis
Alexander, 1903 – Bioko.
12–13 cm; 11–15 g, male mostly 9·8–13·8 g, female mostly 8·7–11·9 g. Male nominate race has crown and side of head to... read more
Song consists of bursts of metallic notes and a quiet warble interspersed with up to four repeats... read more
Undergrowth in forest, forest edges, and beside streams. On Mt Cameroon in montane forest at 1200... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and nectar. Seen to feed at Leea guineensis, Psychotria manni and unidentified Rubiaceae. Forages singly or in... read more
Egg-laying in Mar–Apr, Jul and Nov–Dec in Cameroon and Apr on Bioko. Pear-shaped nest, with porch extending 5 cm above entrance... read more
Some altitudinal movement; descends to lower levels on Mt Cameroon, Jun–Sept.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Common within its restricted range. Frequent in Gashaka-Gumti National Park (on Mambilla... read more
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