French: Souimanga à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga pechiblanco
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between Orange River and Kurrichaine, South Africa
SW & S Angola and N Namibia E to Zambia, Malawi and patchily to SE Tanzania, S to N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and E South Africa (North West and Limpopo Provinces S to Free State and KwaZulu-Natal).
10–12 cm; 6·4–10 g. Male breeding has head and upperparts, including median and lesser upperwing-coverts, iridescent green, uppertail-coverts iridescent... read more
Song complex and varied, often starting with up to six “tsk” notes, sometimes leading... read more
Dry savanna woodland, Baikiaea, Combretum, miombo and mopane woodlands, gardens,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, such as aphids (Aphidoidea), and nectar. Forages singly, in pairs and in small, loose groups. Visits variety of flowering plants,... read more
Laying recorded in Sept–Oct in Zambia, Jan and Apr–Oct in Malawi, Jun–Dec in Zimbabwe, Feb–Mar in Namibia, Jan, Mar... read more
Resident and migratory. Some apparently move from drier W & S areas of S Africa to wetter E... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant to locally common throughout geographical range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Etosha National Park, in Namibia,... read more
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