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Orange Breasted Sunbird

Anthobaphes violacea


This common endemic sunbird of the Cape is one of my favourites. The males are brightly adorned but the femails and juvenilles are far more dull coloured. They eat nectar, insects and spiders and are generally found in proea bushes in protected valleys out of the wind.


Fynbos primarily protea bushes in the Western Cape of South Africa, moving locally depending on nectar supplies.


I am assuming this is the female of the Orange Breasted Sunbird due to the presence at the same time of the more easily identified males of the species.

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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 31, 2013
Submitted on Apr 1, 2013

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