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Orange-breasted Sunbird

Anthobaphes violacea


"As with other sunbirds the bill is long and decurved, that of the male being longer than that of the female. The bill, legs and feet are black. The eye is dark brown. The head, throat and mantle of the male are bright metallic green. The rest of the upper parts are olive green. The upper breast is metallic violet and the lower breast is bright orange, fading to paler orange and yellow on the belly. The tail is long and blackish, with elongated central tail feathers, which extend some way, belong the other feathers. The female has olive-greenish grey upperparts and olive yellowish underparts, paler on the belly. The wings and tail is blackish. The juvenile resembles the female. The call is a twangy, weak ssharaynk or sskrang, often repeated several times." Source : Wikipedia


This sunbird is endemic to the fynbos habitat of southwestern South Africa.

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Gorgeous !

Jopy 5 years ago

Pretty bird and great spotting...

Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -34.26, Long: 18.39

Spotted on Jan 9, 2014
Submitted on Jun 4, 2014

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