Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) - HBW 13, p. 272

French: Souimanga malachite German: Malachitnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Malaquita
Other common names: Yellow-tufted Malachite/Common Malachite/Long-tailed Emerald Sunbird, Green Sugarbird

Taxonomy: Certhia famosa Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Possibly forms a superspecies with N. johnstoni. Proposed races subfamosa (described from Antotto, in C Ethiopia), centralis (Lusasa, in S Uganda) and aeneigularis (Sotik, in SW Kenya) all considered indistinguishable from cupreonitens; major (described from Weenen, in KwaZulu-Natal) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cupreonitens Shelley, 1876 - Eritrea, Ethiopia, S Sudan (Imatong Mts), E DRCongo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, NE Zambia, N Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • famosa (Linnaeus, 1776) - E Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique, and S Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho and W Swaziland.