French: Souimanga de Reichenbach German: Reichenbachnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Reichenbach
S Liberia E to S Nigeria, Cameroon, SW Central African Republic and DRCongo (E to middle and upper R Congo and Kivu), S to N Angola.
12–14 cm; 7–13 g. Distinctive sunbird with graduated tail. Male has head to chin and throat metallic dark steel-blue with iridescent green and violet sheen; back... read more
Song, from high perch such as top of coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), consists of high-... read more
Coastal swamps, scrub, palm groves in sandy zones, mangroves, rice fields, forest clearings, beside... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and nectar. Forages singly or in pairs, 5–30 m up in trees within 500 m of water. Hawks for insects. Takes nectar from... read more
Egg-laying in May, Jun and Sept–Dec in Cameroon, Sept–Oct and Dec in PRCongo, and Feb and Oct–Nov in Gabon; immature in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common from Cameroon S to PRCongo; elsewhere locally not uncommon (Nigeria, Ivory Coast), but often scarce or rare. Occurs in a few protected areas.
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