Cinnyris chalybeus gertrudis
Songea, c. lat. 10°41’ S, lon g. 35°38’ E, south-western Tanzania.
Formerly considered conspecific with C. chalybeus, and until recently with C. manoensis. Occurs in parapatry with C. manoensis along Muchinga Escarpment in Zambia, occupying pure miombo, with manoensis found more towards rocky edge habitat with aloes: differs#R in its narrower breastband (1); longer yellow pectoral tufts (1); matt mouse-brown vs metallic violet uppertail-coverts (3); smaller overall size (mean male weight 7.7 g vs 9.8) and shorter bill (mean male 19.68 mm vs 23.49) (allow 2); song ending with long descending trill vs none (at least 2); nest made of lichen vs grass (1); plus parapatric distribution (3). Until recently name listed as pintoi (as in HBW), but this is a junior subjective synonym of gertrudis#R. Monotypic.
C Angola, S DRCongo, W & C Tanzania, Zambia (W of Luangwa rift) and N Malawi (N of Ntchisi).
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Status and conservation
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