French: Philépitte souimanga German: Nektarjala Spanish: Filepita-suimanga común
E Madagascar, from at least Tsaratanana Massif and E slopes of Manongarivo in N, S to Andohahela and Tsitongambarika.
9·5–10·5 cm. Tiny, short-tailed, with remarkably long and decurved bill, short legs. Adult male breeding has bright blue head with large, mostly sky-blue... read more
Single quiet, squeaking notes; also very rapidly repeated series of hisses, c. 10–15 notes,... read more
Canopy and subcanopy of primary mid-elevation and lower montane rainforest. Sea-level to c. 1500 m... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly nectar, from a wide range of pink, red and white flowers, including Bakerella, Impatiens humblotiana, Hedy... read more
Little known. Nest-building recorded in Aug–Jan. Possibly polygynous. Displays not documented. Female builds suspended ovoid nest... read more
Unclear; some evidence of seasonal presence in high-plateau forests at Ambohitantely. Otherwise,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread. Although restricted to primary forest at middle and lower montane levels, this habitat is the most abundant natural... read more
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