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Blue-billed Malimbe Malimbus nitens

(species text)

PHOWN priorities: none yet

Most recent PHOWN record for this species (recent thumbnails and full species listing at end of this web page):

Vm 13823

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 3

Colony size

Colony size for this species in PHOWN (min - mean - max, sample size) and published data:
PHOWN Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
5 - 5.0 - 5 (n=1)Mostly solitary nester, and territorial; in Ghana also loose colonies of 5-21 nests (average 10 at six sites), with up to six of these occupied
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
tree - 3

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Jan-Jul in Senegal, Nov-Mar in Liberia, Jun-Mar in Ivory Coast, Jun-Jul and Sept-Oct in Ghana, Apr and Jul in Togo, Feb-Nov (mainly Apr-Jul) in Nigeria, May-Jun and Sept-Oct in Cameroon, Dec-Mar in Gabon; in all months except Apr and Aug in DRCongo, in Nov and Mar in Uganda, and Feb-Apr in Angola

Figure above right: breeding seasonality shown as records per month (if available), where months are numbered from January where January=1 etc.
The records are grouped into 6 regions: Safr=southern Africa, Cafr=central Africa, Wafr=western Africa, Eafr=eastern Africa, Asia=southern Asia, IO=Indian Ocean islands
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Breeding distribution

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Published breeding information

Breeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.

bond
Monogamous
season
Jan-Jul in Senegal, Nov-Mar in Liberia, Jun-Mar in Ivory Coast, Jun-Jul and Sept-Oct in Ghana, Apr and Jul in Togo, Feb-Nov (mainly Apr-Jul) in Nigeria, May-Jun and Sept-Oct in Cameroon, Dec-Mar in Gabon; in all months except Apr and Aug in DRCongo, in Nov and Mar in Uganda, and Feb-Apr in Angola
nsite
generally suspended from palm frond or small bush 0.4-3 m above forest stream or pool (one site abandoned when pool dried up), rarely in dry forest and then up to 10 m above ground
nbuild
built by male only
colsize
Mostly solitary nester, and territorial; in Ghana also loose colonies of 5-21 nests (average 10 at six sites), with up to six of these occupied
clutch
2 eggs (average of 25 clutches)
eggcolour
whitish, grey, pale green or creamy-brown ground colour, large brown spots forming ring at thick end, sometimes salmon-pink with reddish spots (colour type apparently specific to individual females)
eggsize
average size of nine eggs 24.3 x 16.1 mm (Cameroon and DRCongo)
incub
incubation by female only, often absent from nest for extended periods, male perched nearby, gave alarm call when predators approached, incubation period 14 days
chicks
chicks fed by both sexes, nestling period 16 days

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Vm 13823

Vm 5334

Vm 984

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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984, Ghana, Rural, subsistence farming, along a dirt road east of the town, nests in a wetland., Van Vuuren A; S Swarts
5334, Ghana, Small forest pool with three nests low over the water., Davies J
13823, Nigeria, Okomu, Edo State , Leventis, T

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

The headers below refer to Weaver News items featuring PHOWN and this species. Click on a header to see the News item, which includes the full news item. (The number in brackets is the date that the news item appeared on Weaver Watch).


Weaver Wednesday [152] - Discovery [35]: Blue-billed Malimbe (2015-05-13)
Weaver Wednesday [12]: Blue-billed Malimbe (2012-09-05)