Family Sugarbirds (Promeropidae)

Near Threatened

Gurney's Sugarbird (Promerops gurneyi)


Taxonomy

French: Promérops de Gurney German: Natalhonigfresser Spanish: Mielero abejaruco de Gurney
Taxonomy:

Promerops gurneyi

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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See remarks under P. cafer. Races separated geographically, and perhaps ecologically isolated; research required into possible taxonomic implications. Two subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song a jumbled series of rapid high-pitched twittery and twanging notes, "swip-cheek-cheek-cha... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    In South Africa, season mainly Sept–Feb, occasionally in other months (Jun–Jul), coinciding with flowering of main foodplant (... read more

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    de Swardt, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Gurney's Sugarbird (Promerops gurneyi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60259 on 22 October 2019).