Green Twinspot

Mandingoa nitidula

This secretive twinspot is found in eastern South Africa where it spends its time in moist forests, as well as woodland and coastal scrub in winter. Its insect like call and green upperparts (& in the case of the male, its red face) separate it from other similar species.

I first set eyes on this species while birding at the Umdoni Golf Course on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal. I have seen them on a number of occasions since then, including such places as Magoeboskloof, Dlinza Forest and Amatikulu Nature Reserve.


Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (sub adult male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (sub adult male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (sub adult male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (sub adult male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 Augist 2015 Green Twinspot / Dlinza Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 21 March 2014 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (male) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 Augist 2015 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, South Africa / 21 December 2013 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 Augist 2015 Green Twinspot (female) – Kurisa Moya, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa / December 2017 Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 Augist 2015 Green Twinspot – Juvenile / Woodbush Forest, Magoeboskloof, South Africa Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 Augist 2015 Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 Augist 2015 Green Twinspot / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 22 Augist 2015
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