French: Souimanga de Fischer German: Schwarzbauch-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga colilargo masai
G. A. Fischer and Reichenow
Nguruman, Lake Natron
W, C & S Kenya and Tanzania.
Male 15–17 cm, 7–9·5 g; female 11 cm, 7·1–9·7 g. Male breeding has head, upperparts and upperwing-coverts bright metallic green, uppertail-coverts tipped bright metallic... read more
Song is a jumbled twittering of incoherent notes uttered rapidly and strung together for 30+... read more
Inhabits semi-arid bush, wooded grassland and gardens; at 400–1900 m, but mostly 700–1300 m.
Food and feeding
Diet and foraging do not appear to have been described in any detail, but are assumed to be similar to those of C. pulchellus.... read more
Breeds during rainy seasons; laying recorded in May–Jun in Kenya, and Dec–Jul in Tanzania. Male displays to female by spreading wings and... read more
Apparently largely resident, but reported to move to higher elevations in C Kenya during periods of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout most of range. Has apparently declined to point of extinction locally, e.g. in Tsavo East (where formerly common).... read more
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