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Cape Sugarbird

Promerops cafer


The Cape Sugarbird is a grey-brown bird that easily recognisable by a spot of yellow under its tail and the very long tail feathers present in males. The male is 34–44 cm long, and the shorter-tailed, shorter-billed, and paler breasted female 25–29 cm long. Another characteristic of the Cape Sugarbird is the sound it makes when it flies. The main flight feathers are arranged in such a way that when the bird beats its wings, a frrt-frrt sound is made with the intention of attracting females


The Cape Sugarbird is distributed throughout the chaparral in South Africa and the Cape Floral Region where there are flowering proteas and ericas. It is also found in gardens in summer when most proteas are not in flower.[3] A common species throughout its range, the Cape Sugarbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1]


The Cape Sugarbird has an intimate relationship with the sugarbush proteas being near solely responsible for pollenation of the plants through its activities of collecting nectar.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Wonderful series!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Very pretty!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

Lovely series!

TimRolston 8 years ago

Thank you all for the comments, alas I post when I can, when I think that something is worthwhile. When a creature particularly interests me or is especially beautiful. I post when my heart tells me too, but I have to admit that I am not as dedicated as some.

U should put it on the mission: Birds of the World!

KarenL 8 years ago

Welcome back Tim!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

Very Nice!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Stunning Bird Lovely Series,

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 22, 2013
Submitted on Jan 23, 2013


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