French: Souimanga de Johnston German: Lobeliennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Johnston
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Subspecies and Distribution
N. j. dartmouthi
Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – E DRCongo, SW Uganda and NW Rwanda.
N. j. itombwensis
Prigogine, 1977 – Itombwe Mts (at 2350–3100 m), in E DRCongo.
N. j. johnstoni
Shelley, 1885 – highlands of C Kenya and N Tanzania.
N. j. nyikensis
Delacour, 1944 – highlands in S Tanzania, NE Zambia and N Malawi.
Male 27 cm, 14–17 g; female 14 cm. Male nominate race breeding has iridescent green crown, side of head and neck on otherwise black head, metallic green upperparts,... read more
Song of nominate race begins with weak warble, followed by higher-pitched “... read more
Mostly in Afro-alpine moorland; common where giant lobelias (Lobelia), giant groundsels (... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, pollen, insects (particularly bibionid flies and chironomids) and spiders (Araneae). Food taken from giant lobelias, red-hot pokers... read more
Laying recorded in Dec in DRCongo, Nov–Jan in Uganda, Jan, Feb, May, Jul–Oct and Dec in Kenya, Jan in Tanzania, and Jan, Oct... read more
Descends to lower altitudes seasonally in Kenya and N Tanzania. Migrant in Malawi, where absent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to very common throughout range; locally abundant.
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