A. Smith, 1834,
Marico district, North West Province, South Africa.
Has been placed with other small, rounded-winged species lacking tail-streamers (M. bulocki, M. oreobates, M. variegatus, M. pusillus, M. gularis, and M. muelleri, and forms previously included within these species) in genus Melittophagus. Close to M. bulocki, with which sometimes treated as conspecific. Birds from S Tanzanian highlands sometimes separated as race randorum, but differences from other populations very slight. Specific name occasionally listed as bulockoides, in apparent accordance with spelling of closely related M. bulocki (upon which original name of present species was presumably based), but original spelling must stand. Monotypic.
W Gabon, NE DRCongo (Virunga National Park) and NW Kenya (L Turkana) S to Angola, N & E Botswana, and C & E South Africa (to Free State and KwaZulu-Natal).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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