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Double Collared Sunbird

Cinnyris chalybeus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Forest, Fynbos and Karoo shrublands.

Notes:

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

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2 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

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

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

I like the bird & the Protea. Nice!

TimRolston
Spotted by
TimRolston

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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

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