French: Souimanga superbe German: Prachtnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga soberbio
#R, Malembo, Cabinda, Angola.
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. ashantiensis
Bannerman, 1922 – Sierra Leone and S Mali E to Togo.
C. s. nigeriae
(Rand & Traylor, 1959) – S Benin and S Nigeria.
C. s. superbus
(Shaw, 1809) – S Cameroon, Central African Republic and DRCongo (except NE) S to W Angola.
C. s. buvuma
van Someren, 1932 – NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya and extreme NW Tanzania.
14–16 cm; male 13·8–14·7 g (ashantiensis), 17–24 g (buvuma and nominate), female 13·2 g (ashantiensis), 16... read more
Song consists of sequences of “weet-choo weet-choo witchoo witch”, “weetch-doo, weetch-doo” and... read more
Mature forest and secondary forest, gallery forest, forest edge, coffee plantations, savanna,... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, seeds, including those of Xylopia aethiopica, fruits, also insects, spiders (Araneae) and snails. Forages generally singly... read more
Egg-laying recorded in Feb and Nov in Ghana, Jul in Nigeria, Feb, Jul and Oct–Nov in Cameroon, Oct–Mar in Gabon, Apr in PRCongo... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in Liberia and Gabon; locally common in Angola; not uncommon in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria, and in Uganda. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g... read more
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