French: Souimanga du Marico German: Bindennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga del Marico
Other common names:
north of Kurrichaine [= Marico district], North West Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. osiris
(Finsch, 1870) – locally in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, SE South Sudan (Didinga Mts), N Uganda and N Kenya.
C. m. suahelicus
Reichenow, 1891 – locally in C & S Uganda, extreme E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, C & S Kenya, Tanzania and NE Zambia.
C. m. mariquensis
A. Smith, 1836 – S Angola and Namibia E to SW Zambia, Botswana, C & S Zimbabwe, N & NE South Africa, Swaziland and S Mozambique.
11–14 cm; male 9·1–14·2g, female 7–12·3 g. Male nominate race is metallic green with golden reflections on head to rump, including... read more
Complex song may last for a few minutes, involves jumble of “chur-chur”, “chip-... read more
Inhabits dry acacia (Acacia) savanna, edges of riverine forest and swamp-fringing forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar; also insects, including flies (Diptera), Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and termites (Isoptera), as well as spiders (Araneae).... read more
Egg-laying recorded in Mar in Somalia, May in Ethiopia, Feb, Jun, Aug–Sept and Nov in Uganda, all months except Aug and Oct in... read more
Apparently nomadic in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Uganda. In Uganda presence at Kampala erratic,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common in most of range, but less common in S Tanzania. Occurs in several protected areas, among which are Awash National Park, in Ethiopia... read more
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