French: Promérops de Gurney German: Natalhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero abejaruco de Gurney
J. P. Verreaux
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. g. ardens
Friedmann, 1952 – E highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent W Mozambique (Chimanimani Mts).
P. g. gurneyi
J. P. Verreaux, 1871 – N & E South Africa from Limpopo Province (isolated populations) S along Drakensberg escarpment.
23–29 cm; male 30–46·5 g, female 23–43 g. Medium-sized passerine with long, somewhat decurved bill and long, graduated tail; deep russet crown and... read more
Song a jumbled series of rapid high-pitched twittery and twanging notes, "swip-cheek-cheek-cha... read more
Nominate race mainly in montane scrub dominated by protea (Protea) species; distribution... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, mainly of proteas (Protea roupelliae, P. caffra), Greyia radlkoferi and G. sutherlandii, tree-... read more
In South Africa, season mainly Sept–Feb, occasionally in other months (Jun–Jul), coinciding with flowering of main foodplant (... read more
Primarily resident, with local dispersal and short altitudinal shifts. Disperses from protea areas... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Locally common; uncommon in SC Eastern Cape (Amatole Mts), where Protea subvestita populations... read more
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