French: Souimanga fuligineux German: Rußnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga oscuro
Great Namaqualand, Namibia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. inclusus
(Clancey, 1970) – coastal SW Angola (Benguela, and Namibe S to R Cunene).
C. f. fuscus
Vieillot, 1819 – Namibia, W & C South Africa and S Botswana.
10 cm; male 7–10 g, female 6–7 g. Male nominate race breeding has head blackish-brown with faint purple-blue iridescence, upperparts dark brown with blue, purple... read more
Song begins with “tst” and then a “trr-trr-trr…” trill for c. 2 seconds, changing down in tone half... read more
Dry country, including semi-arid coastal plains with sand dunes (but not sandy desert), acacia (... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and nectar. Forages mostly in pairs, sometimes in groups; aggregations of hundreds occasionally recorded, e.g. at large patches of... read more
Egg-laying recorded in all months (peak Feb–Apr) in Namibia and Aug–Mar in South Africa; in years when rains begin early, males... read more
Nomadic in response to availability of flowering plants and droughts; may irrupt into SW Cape... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to very common in Angola and Namibia; rather uncommon in South Africa but locally more numerous, mainly in W of range there. Occurs in... read more
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