Eastern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris mediocris) - HBW 13, p. 279
French: Souimanga du Kilimandjaro
Spanish: Suimanga del Kilimanjaro
Other common names: Usambara Double-collared Sunbird (usambaricus); Forest Double-collared Sunbird (fuelleborni)
Taxonomy: Cinnyris mediocris Shelley, 1885, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. May form a superspecies with C. moreaui and C. loveridgei. Recent analyses of mitochondrial DNA suggest that nominate race, usambaricus, and fuelleborni may represent three distinct species, but status of bensoni obscure. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- mediocris Shelley, 1885 - W & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
- usambaricus Grote, 1922 - SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
- fuelleborni Reichenow, 1899 - C & S Tanzania, NE Zambia (Mafinga Mts) and N Malawi (Karonga District).
- bensoni J. G. Williams, 1953 - S Malawi and N Mozambique.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Male bathing in a bird font at Zomba Plateau Locality Zomba, Southern Region, Malawi (ssp ssp. bensoni)
Roland Bischoff 23 September 2009 46 weeks ago 38 sec 4.3
A male feeding on the nectar of some flowers, and flying away. Locality West Usambara, Usambara Mountains, Tanzania (ssp usambaricus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 20 February 2012 2 years ago 11 sec 4.3
A female perched on a flower, calling twice and flying away. Locality West Usambara, Usambara Mountains, Tanzania (ssp usambaricus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 20 February 2012 2 years ago 9 sec 4.2
Two views of a male, the first feeding on nectar, the second scratching it's head and flying away. Locality West Usambara, Usambara Mountains, Tanzania (ssp usambaricus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 20 February 2012 2 years ago 11 sec 3.7
bird calling Locality Gatamaiyu Forest, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 20 November 2013 44 weeks ago 12 sec 3
Bird perched in a tree
Locality Limuru Country Club, Limuru, Kenya
James Kashangaki 23 March 2014 26 weeks ago 4.3
Bird on a branch in dense forest
Locality Zomba Plateau, Southern Region, Malawi (ssp bensoni)
Roland Bischoff 1 September 2009 46 weeks ago 4.2
An adult Usambara Double-collared Sunbird bird feeding on flowering shrub in gardens at mazumbi.
Locality Mazumbi, West Usambara, Usambara Mountains, Tanzania (ssp usambaricus)
M P Goodey 1 January 2009 3 years ago 4
A perched male
Locality Kenya (ssp mediocris)
monicayhector 1 January 1990 4 years ago 2
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