Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Green-throated Sunbird (Chalcomitra rubescens) - HBW 13, p. 263

French: Souimanga à gorge verte German: Grünkehl-Glanzköpfchen Spanish: Suimanga Gorjiverde

Taxonomy: Cinnyris rubescens Vieillot, 1819, “Kingdom of Congo and Cacongo” = Cabinda area of north-west Angola.
Genus previously merged with Nectarinia. Forms a group with C. fuliginosa and C. amethystina; sometimes thought to form a superspecies with those, despite considerable geographical overlap, but all appear to hybridize occasionally in areas where they meet. Alternatively, may form a superspecies with C. adelberti. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • crossensis Serle, 1963 - extreme SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon (Mamfe and to W of Bamenda).
  • stangerii (Jardine, 1842) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • rubescens (Vieillot, 1819) - C & S Cameroon, SW, SE & N Central African Republic and S borders of Sudan S to N Angola, NW Zambia, S & E DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.

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