Mariqua Sunbird (Cinnyris mariquensis) - HBW 13, p. 283
French: Souimanga de Mariqua
Spanish: Suimanga del Marico
Other common names: Marico/Southern Bifasciated Sunbird; Western Bifasciated Sunbird (mariquensis); Swahili Sunbird (osiris)
Taxonomy: Cinnyris mariquensis A. Smith, 1836, north of Kurrichaine [= Marico District], North West Province, South Africa.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. May form a superspecies with C. shelleyi, and both sometimes included in a larger superspecies with C. congensis, C. erythrocercus and C. nectarinioides. Proposed races ovamboensis (described from Ovamboland, in NC Namibia) and lucens (Pongola Town, in N KwaZulu-Natal, NE South Africa) both synonymized with nominate, and hawkeri (Jifa Medir, in Somalia) with osiris. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- osiris (Finsch, 1870) - locally in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, SE Sudan (Didinga Mts), N Uganda and N Kenya.
- suahelicus Reichenow, 1891 - locally in C Uganda, extreme E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, C & S Kenya, Tanzania and NE Zambia.
- mariquensis A. Smith, 1836 - WC & S Angola (S from Cuenza Valley) and Namibia E to SW Zambia, Botswana, C & S Zimbabwe, N South Africa and S Mozambique.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 7 videos
A male singing in a tree moved by the wind. Locality Negele Boran, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp osiris)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2005 6 years ago 26 sec 4.3
A male perched in a tree Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp suahelicus)
Josep del Hoyo 13 September 2006 5 years ago 24 sec 4.2
A female carring material to the nest and then entering inside Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp suahelicus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 6 years ago 46 sec 4.2
bird eating nectar Locality Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Entebbe, Uganda (ssp suahelicus)
Daniêl Jimenez 9 October 2010 2 years ago 29 sec 3.6
A male in a tree moved by the wind. Locality Negele Boran, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp osiris)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2005 6 years ago 22 sec 3.5
A dorsal view of a perched male Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp suahelicus)
Josep del Hoyo 13 September 2006 5 years ago 33 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 13 photos
male in breeding plumage perched
Locality Negele Boran, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp osiris)
Nik Borrow 24 November 2012 25 weeks ago 4
A male perched.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia (ssp mariquensis)
Fran Trabalon 15 November 2011 1 year ago 4
Mariqua Sunbird in Tsumeb, Namibia.
Locality Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
Hans Hillewaert 1 July 2007 3 years ago 4
A male perched on a tape for drinking
Locality Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe
Laurent Demongin 24 September 2004 4 years ago 3.9
Bird on a tree
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp mariquensis)
Johannes Pfleiderer 25 September 2011 1 year ago 3.7
An adult male.
Locality Mkuru, Arusha Region, Tanzania
M P Goodey 1 February 2007 1 year ago 3.6