Copper Sunbird (Cinnyris cupreus) - HBW 13, p. 295
French: Souimanga cuivré
Spanish: Suimanga Cobrizo
Other common names: Coppery/Copper-coloured Sunbird
Taxonomy: Certhia cuprea Shaw, 1811, Malembo, Cabinda, Angola.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Has been thought to form a superspecies with C. fuscus. Nominate race exhibits clinal variation in size, which increases from W to E. Described race septentrionalis (from Mpumu, in Uganda) is synonymized with nominate and vaughanjonesi (from Kasempa, in Zambia) with chalceus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cupreus (Shaw, 1811) - SW Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone E to Cameroon, Central African Republic, S Sudan, W Ethiopia, Uganda and W Kenya (W of Rift Valley), and from Gabon and NW Angola (Cabinda) E to DRCongo (except SE) and W Tanzania.
- chalceus (Hartlaub, 1862) - Angola (except Cabinda), SE DRCongo, Zambia, SW Tanzania, Malawi, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N Botswana (Chobe National Park, Kasane) N Mozambique and N Zimbabwe.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
immature male Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp cupreus)
Daniêl Jimenez 2 October 2010 3 years ago 44 sec 3.8
A male feeding on nectar Locality Butiaba Escarpment, Uganda (ssp cupreus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 August 2006 7 years ago 23 sec 3.6
female bird Locality Janjanbureh (Georgetown), Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp cupreus)
Daniêl Jimenez 29 December 2011 2 years ago 9 sec 3
A male visiting a feeder. Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2006 5 years ago 33 sec 2.5
An adult male feeding on flowers
Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana (ssp cupreus)
Frederic Pelsy 11 April 2012 30 weeks ago 4.5
A perched male.
Locality Berlin Zoo, Berlin, Germany
Tomasz Doroń 30 September 2009 4 years ago 3
A male feeding on flowers.
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp cupreus)
Fran Trabalon 13 October 2006 3 years ago 2
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