French: Souimanga bifascié German: Zweiband-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga bandeado
Other common names:
Common Purple-banded Sunbird
#R, Malembo, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. bifasciatus
(Shaw, 1812) – Gabon S, discontinuously, to W Angola (Cabinda S to Benguela, also Namibe and C Huíla); status uncertain in SW Central African Republic and N Congo#R.
C. b. microrhynchus
Shelley, 1876 – E DRCongo, Uganda and Kenya S to extreme E Angola (NE Moxico), NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), extreme N Botswana, E Zimbabwe, Mozambique and E South Africa; Zanzibar and Mafia I, off Tanzania; also, status uncertain, in SE Ethiopia and Somalia#R.
9–12 cm; male 6·5–8·1 g, female 6–6·5 g. Male nominate race in breeding plumage has head to throat and upperparts, including lesser and... read more
Song consists of either high-pitched descending “titititititi-trooo” trill,... read more
Coastal and riverine habitats, savanna woodland, broadleaf woodland, miombo woodland, dry forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, seeds and insects. Also takes spiders (Araneae) from webs and feeds them to fledglings. Forages singly and in pairs; often mixed... read more
Egg-laying recorded in May and Oct in Angola, Aug in DRCongo, Jun and Aug–Sept in Uganda, Jul in Kenya, Jan and Aug–Sept in... read more
Resident and migratory. In NE Gabon present Feb–May. In South Africa present as far S as... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of geographical range, but less so in DRCongo, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and S Zambia. Range of microrhynchus possibly extends... read more
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