Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Olive-bellied Sunbird (Cinnyris chloropygius) - HBW 13, p. 273

French: Souimanga à ventre olive German: Olivbauch-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Ventrioliva

Taxonomy: Nectarinia chloropygia Jardine, 1842, Aboh, Nigeria.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Race bineschensis poorly differentiated from, and sometimes synonymized with, orphogaster; moreover, it is isolated from other races of present species, and has been suggested also as being possibly misidentified C. reichenowi. Proposed races luehderi (described from Bipindi, in Cameroon) and insularis (Bioko) synonymized with nominate; uellensis (Koloka, Angu and Amadi, on R Uelle, in DRCongo) merged with orphogaster. Females in Cameroon and DRCongo having light yellow pectoral tufts and red breastban.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Nectarinia chloropygia Jardine, 1842, Aboh, Nigeria.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Race bineschensis poorly differentiated from, and sometimes synonymized with, orphogaster; moreover, it is isolated from other races of present species, and has been suggested also as being possibly misidentified C. reichenowi. Proposed races luehderi (described from Bipindi, in Cameroon) and insularis (Bioko) synonymized with nominate; uellensis (Koloka, Angu and Amadi, on R Uelle, in DRCongo) merged with orphogaster. Females in Cameroon and DRCongo having light yellow pectoral tufts and red breastband but no metallic plumage described as race ogilviegranti, but shown to be aberrantly plumaged females of nominate race. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kempi Ogilvie-Grant, 1910 - Senegal E to SW Nigeria.
  • chloropygius (Jardine, 1842) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo) and SE Nigeria E to S Chad and Central African Republic, S to NW Angola and W DRCongo.
  • orphogaster Reichenow, 1899 - C & E DRCongo and S Sudan S to NE Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, W Kenya and W Tanzania.
  • bineschensis Neumann, 1903 - SW Ethiopia.

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