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Bocage's Sunbird

From Opus

Nectarinia bocagii

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[edit] Identification

Male 19 cm (7½ in); female 14 cm (5½ in)
Breeding male

  • Dark iridescent violet with blue-green sheen above
  • Black graduated tail with violet edges

[edit] Distribution

Western Africa: found in the highlands of central Angola and south-western Democratic Republic of the Congo.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Woodlands, included edges of miombo woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar, particularly from mistletoes. They are also presumed to eat insects.

[edit] Breeding

The male has a fast zigag courtship flight. Their nest is a large structure made from fibres.

[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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2019)

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