Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Red-tufted Sunbird (Nectarinia johnstoni) - HBW 13, p. 272

French: Souimanga de Johnston German: Lobeliennektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga de Johnston
Other common names: Red-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Scarlet-tufted (Malachite) Sunbird, Long-tailed Sunbird

Taxonomy: Nectarinia johnstoni Shelley, 1885, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Possibly forms a superspecies with N. famosa. Race nyikensis formerly known as salvadorii, but latter name invalid, as preoccupied. Proposed race idia (described from Mt Kenya) treated as synonym of nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • dartmouthi Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 - E DRCongo, SW Uganda and W Rwanda.
  • itombwensis Prigogine, 1977 - Itombwe Mts (at 2350-3100 m), in E DRCongo.
  • johnstoni Shelley, 1885 - highlands of C Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • nyikensis Delacour, 1944 - highlands in S Tanzania, NE Zambia and N Malawi.

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