French: Souimanga de Reichenow German: Blaukehl-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Reichenow
Mzimbiti, near Beira, Mozambique
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. yokanae
van Someren, 1921 – SE Kenya (S from lower R Tana) S in coastal forests to NE & SE Tanzania.
A. r. reichenowi
Gunning, 1909 – E Zimbabwe, SW & SE Mozambique and NE South Africa.
10–11 cm; 5–10 g. Small sunbird, male with iridescent deep blue throat, looking black in field, with short slightly curved bill. Male nominate race has forecrown... read more
Song of 3–5 notes repeated 4–6 times, descending from beginning to end. Calls “... read more
Forest, usually near coast, but occasionally in inland gallery forest within savanna and both... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects and spiders (Araneae). Probably feeds also on nectar, as visits flowers of mistletoes (Loranthaceae) and species of genera... read more
Egg-laying Mar–Nov; breeding recorded in Feb, Mar, Jul and Aug in Tanzania. Territorial male sings from high vantage point; in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Occurs at only a few sites, where not uncommon. Nominate race recorded in coastal and isolated inland forests... read more
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