French: Souimanga chalybé German: Kapnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga acerado
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. chalybeus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Namibia and W South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).
C. c. subalaris
Reichenow, 1899 – E South Africa (Limpopo Province S to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.
12 cm; 6–10 g. Male nominate race breeding is metallic green on head, throat, upper breast, neck, mantle, back and rump; uppertail-coverts iridescent bright blue, tail... read more
Song starts and finishes with a series of 6–12 harsh “ptzzer” or “ssssweee... read more
Varied, including scrub, gardens, fynbos, plantations, protea (Protea) areas of highlands... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, insects, spiders (Araneae); probes fig fruits (Ficus). Associated with the milkweed Microloma sagittatum; the... read more
Egg-laying Apr–Dec in South Africa; sometimes double-brooded. Territorial. Males may sing from perches for 15 minutes or more,... read more
Recoveries up to 34 km from where ringed suggest dispersion in search of food, and post-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common or locally common throughout range.
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