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Chalcomitra
Scarlet chested sunbird
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Clade: Basal Passeroidea
Family: Nectariniidae
Genus: Chalcomitra
L. Reichenbach, 1853
Synonyms

Cinnyris
Nectarinia

Chalcomitra is a genus of African sunbirds. Its members are sometimes included in Nectarinia

The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

It contains the following species:

There is also an essentially unknown and undescribed population of such sunbirds around Wadi Tôha in Day Forest National Park, Djibouti, discovered in 1985. It is quite distinct and appears to represent a new species:

References


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