Violet-tailed Sunbird (Anthreptes aurantius) - HBW 13, p. 252
French: Souimanga à queue violette
Spanish: Suimanga Colivioleta
Taxonomy: Anthreptes aurantium J. Verreaux and É. Verreaux, 1851, Gabon.
Forms a superspecies with A. longuemarei, A. orientalis and A. neglectus. Males from Gabon and lower R Congo have buffer breast and more violet on throat than those from E DRCongo (Ituri Mts), and some adult females have white (not yellow) belly, but it is unclear whether recognition of geographical races is warranted. In original description, species name clearly appears to be adjectival, and gender must be corrected. Monotypic.
Distribution: S Cameroon, S Central African Republic, Gabon and PRCongo E to W & N DRCongo (E to Ituri Forest); also NE Angola.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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female carrying nesting material
Locality Ngoyla-Mintom Forest, Cameroon
Nik Borrow 11 March 2016 5 weeks ago 4.4
juvenile perched, waiting to be fed by female
Locality Akanda National Park, Estuaire Province, Gabon (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 13 July 2013 2 years ago 4.1
bird eating berries along the river Lobe. Difficult to see, in movement.
Locality Kribi, South Province, Cameroon
Bernard Guevorts 23 March 2014 2 years ago 3.3
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