Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Hunter's Sunbird (Chalcomitra hunteri) - HBW 13, p. 265

French: Souimanga de Hunter German: Purpurbürzel-Glanzköpfchen Spanish: Suimanga de Hunter

Taxonomy: Cinnyris hunteri Shelley, 1889, Useri River, Kenya-Tanzania border.
Genus previously merged with Nectarinia. May form a superspecies with C. senegalensis; sometimes regarded as conspecific, but the two are ecologically segregated in area of marginal overlap in E Kenya. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • siccata (Clancey, 1986) - extreme SE Sudan, SSW Ethiopia (near Mega), NW Kenya (including NW shore of L Turkana), and plateau regions of Somalia.
  • hunteri (Shelley, 1889) - S & EC Ethiopia, Kenya (except NW) and extreme NE Tanzania.

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