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Double Collared Sunbird

Cinnyris chalybeus


Common endemic sunbird of Southern Africa. Distinct irridescent plumage on head, females dull brown. Purple/red double collar visible from the front. Primarily eats insects and nectar. This specimen, sitting on a yellow pincushion protea has the benefit of both snacks available at the same time.


Forest, Fynbos and Karoo shrublands.


This specimen was eating insects attracted by the blooming yellow pincushion proteas.

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YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Beautiful shot! I can see that the bird is staring at the flying insect.

ceherzog 10 years ago

I like the bird & the Protea. Nice!

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 23, 2010
Submitted on Apr 23, 2011

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