Reichenbachs sunbird

Anabathmis reichenbachii

SUBFAMILY

Nectariniinae

TAXONOMY

Nectarinia reichenbachii Hartlaub, 1857. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Souimanga de Reichenbach; German: Reichenbach-nektarvogel; Spanish: Nectarina de Reichenbach.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm); 0.35-0.46 oz (9.8-13 g). Metallic blue from crown to breast, with grayish belly and yellow vents. Up-perparts olive-brown with gray band at tail tip.

DISTRIBUTION

Liberia to Angola.

HABITAT

Coastal zones in West Africa, but penetrating far inland in central Africa range, especially in Democratic Republic of the Congo where found along sides of rivers.

BEHAVIOR

Forages in vegetation overhanging water. Also catches insects in mid-air, returning to same perch where may dally for long periods.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Takes insects and probes flowers, including mistletoes, for nectar. REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Defends territories all year, singing complex, high-pitched, jangling song from prominent perch. Lays single light-brown, speckled egg in small nest made of grass, leaves, and fibers, held together by cobwebs and suspended above water.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Common in Cameroon and Republic of the Congo but scarce elsewhere.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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