Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Blue-throated Brown Sunbird (Cyanomitra cyanolaema) - HBW 13, p. 259

French: Souimanga à gorge bleue German: Braunrücken-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Gorjiazul
Other common names: Blue-headed Brown/Blue-throated Sunbird

Taxonomy: N.[ectarinia] cyanolaemus Jardine and Fraser, 1851, Malabo, Bioko.
No apparent close relative; shows characters of both present genus and Chalcomitra. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • magnirostrata (Bates, 1930) - Sierra Leone E to Togo.
  • octaviae Amadon, 1953 - SW Nigeria, Cameroon and S Central African Republic E to Uganda (Budongo Forest) and W Kenya (Kakamega Forest), and S to N Angola and S DRCongo (Katanga); also NW & W Tanzania.
  • cyanolaema (Jardine & Fraser, 1851) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).

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