French: Souimanga à poitrine rouge German: Rotbrust-Glanzköpfchen Spanish: Suimanga pechiescarlata
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. senegalensis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Mauritania and Senegal E to Nigeria.
C. s. acik
(Hartmann, 1866) – N Cameroon, S Chad, N Central African Republic, SW Sudan, W & C South Sudan, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.
C. s. proteus
(Rüppell, 1840) – SE Sudan, E South Sudan (Boma Hills), Ethiopia and Eritrea.
C. s. lamperti
(Reichenow, 1897) – S South Sudan (E of White Nile: Imatong Mts, Leboni Forest), E DRCongo (L Albert S to N L Tanganyika), W, C & S Uganda and C Kenya S to W Tanzania.
C. s. gutturalis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Angola and S DRCongo E to SE Kenya, Pemba I and Zanzibar, S to C Namibia, N Botswana, Mozambique, and E South Africa (Limpopo Province S to KwaZulu-Natal and N Eastern Cape).
13–15 cm; male 7·5–17·2g, female 6·8–15·3 g. Male nominate race has metallic emerald crown with golden sheen, otherwise... read more
Song involves variations (four or five syllables) of “chip-choop-chip-choo-choo” lasting 1–2... read more
Wooded savannas, e.g. acacia (Acacia) savanna, miombo, mopane. Also semi-arid thorn-scrub... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, insects, and spiders (Araneae). Nestling diet small insects. Many known foodplants, including species of genera Acacia,... read more
Laying recorded in Jun and Dec in Gambia, May and Jul–Sept in Ghana, Jul in Niger, Feb–Oct in Nigeria, May and Jul in Cameroon... read more
Sedentary, but in many populations nomadic and migratory movements occur. Dry-season influxes... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant and widespread in savanna woodland throughout most of range; rare in Mauritania and on Pemba I. Occurs in many protected areas, e.g. Abuko... read more
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