French: Souimanga carmélite German: Rußglanzköpfchen Spanish: Suimanga carmelita
#R, Malembo, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. aurea
(Lesson, 1847) – coasts from Sierra Leone E to Gabon and Congo.
C. f. fuliginosa
(Shaw, 1812) – NW Angola (including Cabinda) and lower R Congo (inland to Kwamouth, DRCongo).
13–14 cm; 11·6–12·2 g. Male nominate race has body plumage chocolate-brown, darkest on breast, belly and undertail-coverts, except for metallic... read more
Song a 0·5-second “pttrreeeee”, repeated every 2–3 seconds, and a trilling... read more
Woods, plains, mangroves, swamps, plantations and gardens in coastal regions; reaches savanna in... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar and insects. Feeds at Ceiba pentandra, Delonix regia, Hibiscus, Moringa pterygosperma and... read more
Laying recorded in Sept–Nov in Cameroon, Jan–Feb, Jul and Dec in Gabon, Sept and Nov in Nigeria and Sept–Dec in PRCongo.... read more
Disperses along coasts and strays inland.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common throughout range. Faces some threat, at least locally, from mangrove destruction.
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