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Blue-billed Malimbe Malimbus nitens(species text)
PHOWN priorities: none yet
No of records in PHOWN for this species: 3
Colony sizeColony 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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|tree - 3|
PHOWN Records per month for this species
|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|
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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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Published breeding informationBreeding information based on 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
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
built by male only
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
2 eggs (average of 25 clutches)
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)
average size of nine eggs 24.3 x 16.1 mm (Cameroon and DRCongo)
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 fed by both sexes, nestling period 16 days
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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
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Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Blue-billed Malimbe (2015-05-13)
Weaver Wednesday : Blue-billed Malimbe (2012-09-05)