Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Violet-tailed Sunbird (Anthreptes aurantius) - HBW 13, p. 252

French: Souimanga à queue violette German: Violettschwanz-Nektarvogel 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.

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