French: Souimanga cuivré German: Kupfernektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga cobrizo
#R, Malembo, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. cupreus
(Shaw, 1812) – SW Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone E to Cameroon, Central African Republic, S Sudan, South Sudan, W Ethiopia, Uganda and W Kenya (W of Rift Valley), and from Gabon and NW Angola (Cabinda) E to DRCongo (except SE) and NW Tanzania.
C. c. chalceus
(Hartlaub, 1862) – Angola (except Cabinda), SE DRCongo, Zambia, SW Tanzania, Malawi, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N Botswana (Chobe National Park, Kasane), C Mozambique and N Zimbabwe.
12–13 cm; male 8·4–11·4g (chalceus), 6·8–8·4 g (cupreus, W Africa) and 7·5–11 g (cupreus, Kenya), female 7·3–10·2 g... read more
Song of nominate race an oft-repeated sequence of c. 18 “chip” notes, speeding up into trill of up... read more
Mainly savannas; also degraded forest, woodland, swamps, mangroves, coastal thickets, cultivations... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, fruits, insects, sometimes taken in mid-air, and spiders (Araneae). Forages singly, males sometimes in groups; sometimes joins... read more
Egg-laying recorded in May–Jun and Sept–Oct in Gambia, Aug–Oct in Sierra Leone, Jun–Jul in Ghana and Togo, Aug... read more
Partially migratory in W Africa, where some move N into savanna during rainy season (Apr–Oct... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant or common throughout most of range; locally common in Zambia and Malawi, and uncommon in Sudan. May breed rarely in extreme SW Mauritania (... read more
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