French: Souimanga à ventre jaune German: Ziernektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga variable
Subspecies and Distribution
C. v. venustus
(Shaw, 1799) – Yellow-bellied Sunbird – Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone E to Nigeria, N Cameroon and Central African Republic.
C. v. fazoqlensis
(Heuglin, 1874) – #RSE Sudan, E South Sudan, Eritrea, N & W Ethiopia and NW Kenya.
C. v. falkensteini
G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884 – SE South Sudan S to W & S Kenya, and from S Gabon and W Angola E to S DRCongo, Tanzania (including Pemba I and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and C Mozambique.
C. v. igneiventris
Reichenow, 1899 – Orange-chested Sunbird – E DRCongo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
C. v. albiventris
(Strickland, 1852) – White-bellied Sunbird – E & S Ethiopia, Somalia and NE Kenya.
10–11 cm; 5–10 g. Male nominate race has front half of crown metallic purple, lores black, rest of crown, ear-coverts, throat, neck and upperparts, including... read more
Song consists of repetitions of a sequence of 3–4 “te-tch-weee” notes followed by... read more
Thornbush savanna, brachystegia (Brachystegia) woodland, forest, forest edge, wooded... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar, insects, and spiders (Araneae). Forages singly, in pairs and in small groups; joins mixed-species flocks. Visits variety of flowers... read more
Laying recorded in Mar in Gambia, Oct in Sierra Leone, Dec in Liberia, Jul in Togo, Oct–Jan in Nigeria, Nov–Jan Sudan, Jun in... read more
Variously resident, nomadic and migratory, but movements unclear. Ascends to higher altitudes... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common over most of its geographical range; rare in extreme S. Occurs in a number of protected areas in most parts of range.
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