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Mariqua Sunbird

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Photo by safarirangerLephalale, South Africa, April 2006
Photo by safariranger
Lephalale, South Africa, April 2006

Alternative Name: Marico Sunbird

Cinnyris mariquensis


[edit] Identification

11–14 cm (4¼-5½ in)
Upperside and throat green, belly and lower breast dark, and between these a narrow blue band near the throat and below a broad purple band.
The bill is dark, decurved.

[edit] Similar species

FemalePhoto by colincurryLake Naivasha, Kenya, November 2014
Photo by colincurry
Lake Naivasha, Kenya, November 2014

Bill is longer than in Purple-banded Sunbird

[edit] Distribution

Eastern and Southern Africa :
Western Africa: Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland

[edit] Taxonomy

This is one of the many Sunbirds that have recently been moved to the genus Cinnyris from the genus Nectarinia.

[edit] Subspecies

Immature malePhoto by Mick HarrisMarangu, Tanzania, November 2017
Immature male
Photo by Mick Harris
Marangu, Tanzania, November 2017

Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

[edit] Habitat

Dry bush savanna and woodland. Riverine forest edges and fringes of swamp forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of nectar in addition to insects such as flies, termites and spiders.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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