French: Souimanga du Tsavo German: Tsavonektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga del Tsavo
Other common names:
Tsavo Purple-banded Sunbird
Cinnyris bifasciatus tsavoensis
E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
9–11 cm; 6–7·6 g. Male has head to throat and upperparts, including median and lesser wing-coverts, iridescent green, rump and uppertail-coverts bluer; very dark... read more
Song consists of rapid sequence of “tsusitiseesee, chuchiti-tsi-tsi-tsi-tsi-sitisee-see-see-see-... read more
Dry savanna with acacia (Acacia) or Commiphora, and riverine woodland.
Food and feeding
Nectar and insects. Forages singly and in pairs. Visits flowers of Delonix elata. Gleans items from small branches; also catches... read more
Egg-laying in Oct in Kenya. Compact ellipsoid nest made of strips of wood, grasses, bark, dried acacia buds and twigs, held together with... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Generally not uncommon. Fairly common in Tsavo National Park, in Kenya. Possibly present also in S Sudan, S Ethiopia and S Somalia, but whether individuals... read more
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