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Variable Sunbird

Cinnyris venustus


This is a very small and fast bird, only some 10cm in length, with a curved bill. The adult male has a glossy green head, throat and nape, and a violet breast band. Belly is whitish yellow, but its colour depends on subspecies.


This is a common sunbird in equatorial parts of African continent - here, observed in residential area of Abuja, rather urban environment, but calm with lot of greenery, wooded parts close to lake.

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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 9 months ago

Thanks all!

Brian38 9 months ago

Love this one Zlatan! great series!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 months ago

Especially like the third photo!

AshleyT 9 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Zlatan Celebic
Spotted by
Zlatan Celebic

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Lat: 9.05, Long: 7.44

Spotted on Oct 28, 2018
Submitted on Oct 28, 2018

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