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Blue-headed Sunbird

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Cyanomitra alinae

Nectarinia alinae


[edit] Identification

12–14 cm (4¾-5½ in)

  • Metallic bluish-green head
  • Olive-green upperparts

[edit] Distribution

Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

[edit] Taxonomy

This is one of the seven Sunbirds that have recently been moved into the genus Cyanomitra from the genus Nectarinia.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. marungensis:
  • Eastern Zaire (Marungu Mountains)
  • C. a. alinae:
  • C. a. tanganjicae:
  • C. a. derooi:
  • Highlands north-eastern Zaire (west of Lake Albert and Lake Edward)
  • C. a. kaboboensis:
  • Eastern Zaire (montane forests of Mount Kabobo)

[edit] Habitat

They are found in primary, secondary and riverine montane forests between 1400 and 3300 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of insects, small spiders and nectar.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase

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