French: Souimanga tacazze German: Tacazzenektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Tacazzé
Abyssinia = probably Tacazze River, north Ethiopia.
See N. bocagii. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
N. t. tacazze
(Stanley, 1814) – highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
N. t. jacksoni
Neumann, 1899 – highlands of SE South Sudan, N & E Uganda, W & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
Male 22 cm, 12–18·3 g; female 15 cm, 12–16·2 g. Male nominate race breeding has crown, neck and mantle iridescent green, tinged with purple and... read more
Song consists of a long twittering, “sweet-siuswitterr tseu seet-swirursittii, tsit-tsit-tsit-... read more
Forest patches and clearings, grassy areas, bamboo, heathland, gardens and cultivations in... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, insects, spiders (Araneae) and mites (Acarina). Food taken mostly from flowers; also catches insects in flight. Associates with... read more
Laying recorded in May and Jul–Nov in Ethiopia and Apr, Jul and Sept in Kenya, and breeding activity Dec–Feb and Jul in... read more
Resident at high altitudes; altitudinal migrant on lower slopes. Non-breeding visitor to lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in all parts of range; locally abundant.
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