French: Souimanga brillant German: Glanznektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga brillante
Hemprich and Ehrenberg
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. habessinicus
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1828) – NE Sudan, Eritrea and N & C Ethiopia.
C. h. alter
Neumann, 1906 – E Ethiopia and N Somalia.
C. h. turkanae
van Someren, 1920 – SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, Kenya, S Ethiopia and SW Somalia.
13 cm; male 9·5–11·5 g, female 7–11 g. Male nominate race has purple forecrown, otherwise head and upperparts iridescent green, with golden sheen... read more
Song a warbling sequence of fast “ch ch ch ch ch” preceding series of attenuated “chee-chee-chee”.... read more
Dry thornbush and dry riverbeds with flowering plants, cultivations, gardens, rocky hillsides and... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, fruits of Salvadora persica; insects and spiders (Araneae). Forages singly, in pairs and in groups; sometimes... read more
Laying recorded in Dec–Jan in Sudan, Dec–Feb in Eritrea, Jan, Apr and Jun in Ethiopia, Feb–May in Somalia and Apr–... read more
Wanders in search of flowering plants.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very common in N of range, e.g. Red Sea hills of Sudan; becomes uncommon in S, e.g. in N Kenya, and just one definite record in NE... read more
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