Mount Elgon, Uganda–Kenya.
Has been placed with other small, rounded-winged species lacking tail-streamers in genus Melittophagus (see M. lafresnayii). Sometimes regarded as forming a species-group with M. variegatus; although some geographical overlap exists between the two, they are segregated altitudinally. M. lafresnayii often treated as conspecific with present species, and this arrangement recently reaffirmed#R; but see that species. Monotypic.
E African highlands: South Sudan–Uganda border (Lolibat and Nangeya Mts); E DRCongo (Lendu Plateau, and S to around Makungu region on W side of L Tanganyika); SW Ugandan highlands S to Mt Mahari in W Tanzania; Mt Elgon on Uganda-Kenya border; and NC Kenya (Mts Kulal, Nyiru and Marsabit, Cherangani Hills, Maralal and Meru) and W & C Kenyan highlands S to N & E Tanzania (Crater Highlands, Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Pare Mts, W Usambara and E Uluguru ranges). Reported sightings from S Ethiopia probably all refer to M. lafresnayii.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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