French: Souimanga malachite German: Malachitnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga malaquita
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
N. f. cupreonitens
Shelley, 1876 – Ethiopia, South Sudan (Imatong Mts), E DRCongo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, extreme NE Zambia and N Malawi.
N. f. famosa
(Linnaeus, 1766) – E Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique, and extreme S Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho and W Swaziland.
Male 24–27 cm, 12–22·5 g; female 13–15 cm, 9·1–17·5 g. Male nominate race breeding has most of body plumage bright metallic... read more
Song involves whistling “tseuu, tseuu” notes followed by “pesui pesui pesui... read more
Open habitats, scrubby moorland, forest edge, Protea moorland and bamboo at high... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar and insects; also two small lizards recorded as prey. Food taken from plants such as giant lobelias (Lobelia), aloes (... read more
Laying recorded in Jul–Sept in Ethiopia, Aug and Dec in Kenya, Mar, May and Jul–Aug in Tanzania, Jun in Zambia, Jan–Feb,... read more
Nomadic in search of flowers; recoveries up to 161 km from ringing site in South Africa. Moves... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in South Africa; locally common in highlands of Kenya, Tanzania and DRCongo (1200–2800 m); uncommon in Ethiopia and Sudan.
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