Olive sunbird

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Olive sunbird
Eastern Olive Sunbird (Nectarinia olivacea).jpg
Eastern olive sunbird, Queen Elizabeth Park, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Scientific classification
C. olivacea
Binomial name
Cyanomitra olivacea
(Smith, 1840)

Nectarinia olivacea

The olive sunbird (Cyanomitra olivacea) is a species of sunbird found in a large part of Africa south of the Sahel. It prefers forested regions, and is absent from drier, more open regions such as the Horn of Africa and most of south-central and south-western Africa. It is sometimes placed in the genus Nectarina.

The western subspecies (roughly west of the East African Rift) are sometimes split as the western olive sunbird, Cyanomitra obscura, in which case Cyanomitra olivacea becomes the eastern olive sunbird


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Nectarinia olivacea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bowie, R.C.K.; Fjeldså, J.; Hackett, S.J.; Crowe, T.M. (2004). "Molecular evolution in space and through time: mtDNA phylogeography of the Olive Sunbird (Nectarinia olivacea/obscura) throughout continental Africa". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 33 (1): 56–74. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2004.04.013.

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