French: Souimanga de Hunter German: Purpurbürzel-Glanzköpfchen Spanish: Suimanga de Hunter
Useri River, Kenya–Tanzania border
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. siccata
(Clancey, 1986) – extreme SE South Sudan, SSW Ethiopia (near Mega), NW Kenya (including NW shore of L Turkana), and plateau regions of Somalia.
C. h. hunteri
(Shelley, 1889) – S & EC Ethiopia, Kenya (except NW) and extreme NE Tanzania.
13–14 cm; 10–14 g. Male nominate race has forehead and crown iridescent green, face, neck and upperparts black, uppertail-coverts and base of rump... read more
Complex song of rising and falling notes, a whistle and a trill, preceding “chip, chip-choo” and “... read more
Scrub, open woodland and semi-arid grasslands, to 1500 m.
Food and feeding
Insects, also fruit pulp and nectar. Takes fruit pulp from Commiphora species; feeds at flowers of acacias (Acacia), ... read more
Egg-laying recorded in May and Jul in Somalia, Feb, Jun, Oct and Dec in Kenya and Dec in Tanzania. Nest built by female, ellipsoid and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread throughout Somalia, except in NE and extreme W; fairly common in dry habitats, except grassland, in Kenya. Uncommon in... read more
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