French: Souimanga murin German: Graunektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga ratonil
Other common names:
#R, Cafferland = Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. v. fischeri
(Reichenow, 1880) – coastal lowlands from E & SE Somalia S to NE South Africa (NE KwaZulu-Natal), extending inland locally to S Malawi.
C. v. zanzibarica
(Grote, 1932) – Zanzibar, off NE Tanzania.
C. v. verreauxii
(A. Smith, 1832) – coastal areas of E & S South Africa (E KwaZulu-Natal and E Eastern Cape Province).
12–14 cm; male 8·5–18·8g, female 7–16·6 g. Nominate race is dark brown with metallic blue-green sheen on crown and nape; mantle grey, rest of upperparts... read more
Song characteristic, consists of repetitions every 2–5 seconds of 1-second bursts of... read more
Mostly along coasts in forest, woodland, scrub, mangroves and gardens, straying inland into montane... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, spiders (Araneae), spider eggs; also nectar. Nectar taken from aloes (Aloe), Erythrina, Halleria lucida... read more
Egg-laying in May–Jul, Sept and Nov–Dec in Kenya, Jan, Apr and Dec in Tanzania, and Sept–Feb in South Africa. Displaying... read more
Some seasonal movements from forest to acacia (Acacia) woodland; occasional irruptions to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare in Somalia; rare in Malawi range except in Lengwe National Park, where common. Scarce in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, but... read more
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