Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Western Violet-backed Sunbird (Anthreptes longuemarei) - HBW 13, p. 251

French: Souimanga violet German: Violettmantel-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Violeta
Other common names: (African) Violet-backed/Blue/Plum-coloured/Longuemare’s Sunbird; Uganda Violet-backed Sunbird (haussarum)

Taxonomy: Cinnyris longuemarei Lesson, 1833, “Senegambia superior” = Senegal.
Forms a superspecies with A. orientalis, A. neglectus and A. aurantius. Race haussarum sometimes included within nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • longuemarei (Lesson, 1833) - Senegal S to Guinea-Bissau and E to N Sierra Leone.
  • haussarum Neumann, 1906 - E Guinea E to N Cameroon, Central African Republic, S Sudan, N DRCongo and N & W Uganda.
  • angolensis Neumann, 1906 - S PRCongo, SW & SE DRCongo, Angola, Zambia, Malawi W of Rift Valley, and SW Tanzania.
  • nyassae Neumann, 1906 - SE Tanzania (S from Dar es Salaam), Malawi E of Rift Valley, N Mozambique and E Zimbabwe.

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