Nile Valley Sunbird (Anthodiaeta metallica) - HBW 13, p. 254
French: Souimanga du Nil
Spanish: Suimanga del Nilo
Other common names: Eastern Pygmy/Northern Pygmy Sunbird, Bronzed Pygmy Sunbird, Metallic Sunbird
Taxonomy: Nectarinia metallica M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823, Dongola, Sudan.
Genus formerly subsumed in Anthreptes; recently, this species and its three congeners were placed in a genus Hedydipna, but this name invalid, current genus name having priority. Forms a superspecies with A. platura, and formerly treated as conspecific. Birds from NW Ethiopia (Melissai, on Adiabo Plains) with apparently short wing described as race adiabonensis, but considered inadequately differentiated from those elsewhere in species' range. Monotypic.
Distribution: Egypt (R Nile and CE coast), Sudan, Eritrea, W, N & E Ethiopia, Djibouti and S Arabia (Saudi Arabia S of Jeddah, Yemen, SW Oman). Non-breeding visitor to E Ethiopia and N Somalia.
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female actively feeding Locality Saqqara, Giza Governorate, Egypt (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 2 years ago 17 sec 4
female feeding in shrub Locality Saqqara, Giza Governorate, Egypt (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 9 May 2004 2 years ago 24 sec 3.8
A male preening and calling Locality Saudi Arabia (Monotypic species)
John Gregory 30 April 2002 6 years ago 26 sec 3.6
male singing in treetop Locality Saqqara, Giza Governorate, Egypt (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 9 May 2004 2 years ago 10 sec 2.7
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a male Nile valley sunbird, in full breeding plumage.
Locality Jeddah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia
ammadoux 9 February 2010 3 years ago 4.2
Female flowers feed on plant Ashar
Locality Kakkiah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia (Monotypic species)
eteu 15 May 2012 1 year ago 3.1
Mohamed Ismael 33 weeks ago 3
Only saw it by this site along the sea shores.
Locality Red-sea Hills, Red Sea State, Sudan
Abubakr Mohammad 24 January 2010 39 weeks ago 3
juvenile male bird feeds on plant publican
Locality Kakkiah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia
eteu 26 August 2012 1 year ago 3
A male in full breeding plumage.
Locality Jeddah, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia (Monotypic species)
ammadoux 14 June 2009 4 years ago 3
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