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Malachite Sunbird

Nectarinia famosa

Habitat:

The breeding male malachite sunbird, which has very long central tail feathers, is 25 cm long, and the shorter-tailed female 15 cm. The adult male is metallic green when breeding, with blackish-green wings with small yellow pectoral patches. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the male's upperparts are brown apart from the green wings and tail, the latter retaining the elongated feathers. The underparts in eclipse plumage are yellow, flecked with green. The female has brown upperparts and dull yellow underparts with some indistinct streaking on the breast. Her tail is square-ended. The juvenile resembles the female

Notes:

This large sunbird is found in hilly fynbos (including protea stands as well as areas with aloes) and cool montane and coastal scrub, up to 2,800m altitude in South Africa. It also occurs in parks and gardens (often nesting within those located in the Highveld). It is resident, but may move downhill in winter.

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2 Comments

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 7 years ago

Thx Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Really beautiful!

Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Sundays River Valley Local Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Sep 15, 2014
Submitted on Sep 23, 2014

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