French: Souimanga à ailes dorées German: Goldschwingen-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga alidorado
G. A. Fischer
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Subspecies and Distribution
D. r. lathburyi
(J. G. Williams, 1956) – N Kenya (Mt Kulal to Mt Uraguess).
D. r. reichenowi
G. A. Fischer, 1884 – W & S Uganda E to W & C Kenya, and N Tanzania.
D. r. shellyae
(Prigogine, 1952) – E DRCongo.
Male 16–24 cm, 12·8–17·5g; females 14–15 cm, 11–15·9 g. Distinctive, rather large sunbird with markedly decurved bill, large... read more
Chattering song includes bursts of twitters mixed with high "chi-chi-chi" notes. Calls... read more
High-lying areas with grassland, montane forest and bamboo clearings, also gardens and agricultural... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), Hymenoptera and flies (Diptera), and nectar. Forages singly, in pairs and in groups, sometimes in... read more
Egg-laying recorded in May in DRCongo, Jan and Oct in Kenya and Feb and Apr in Tanzania. Globular nest, some with porch and others without... read more
Seasonal altitudinal movements of up to 1000 m or more in response to flowering regimes; one female... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range.
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