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10.5â€“11.0 cm. Glossy dark green forehead to back and throat; scarlet breast, brown wings and tail, and olive belly.
This is one of the many Sunbirds that have recently been moved to the genus Cinnyris from the genus Nectarinia.
Forests, plantations, mangroves, farmland, well-wooded savanna, parks, and gardens.
Diet includes the flowers of hibiscus, bougainvillea, and other garden flowers, but also attracted to banana, cassava, and coffee flowers. It also takes small insects, spiders, and seeds.
It builds an oval nest made from grass, dead leaves, and bark, suspended from bush or palm. 1-3 white or grey eggs are laid. It is parasitized by the African Emerald Cuckoo and by Cassin's Honeyguide.
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