French: Souimanga de Palestine German: Jerichonektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga palestino
“Plaines de Jéricho” = Palestine
Subspecies and Distribution
C. o. osea
Bonaparte, 1856 – Palestine Sunbird – Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, NE Egypt, S Syria, Jordan, W Saudi Arabia, Yemen and S Oman.
C. o. decorsei
Oustalet, 1904 – Central African Sunbird – widely scattered localities at L Chad and in E Cameroon, Central African Republic, W Sudan, S South Sudan, NE DRCongo and NW Uganda.
8–10 cm; male average 7·6g and female average 6·8 g (nominate). Male nominate race breeding has purple forehead, metallic blue-green (blue in some lights... read more
Song of race decorsei described as "chwing-chwing-chweing..." or "chwee-... read more
Savannas, bushy riversides, rocky valleys, gardens and parks, orchards, juniper (Juniperus... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, fruits, seeds, also spiders (Araneae) and insects. Forages singly and in pairs; sometimes gregarious outside breeding season, when... read more
Egg-laying recorded in Apr–May in Lebanon and Jordan, Feb–Sept in Israel, Feb, Mar and May in Arabia, Jun in Egypt and Nov... read more
Nominate race mostly resident, but wanders and makes altitudinal movements, e.g. in Jordan and Oman... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in much of range; locally common, and in some places abundant, especially in N of range. Very common and widespread in Israel and Palestine... read more
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