Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris)

…a species of sunbird (Nectariniidae) that is native to most of sub-Saharan Africa. Collared sunbirds typically inhabit wooded forests and are generally seen near water and flowers. Like other sunbirds Hedydipna collaris’s diet consists mainly of nectar, which is either taken by ‘hovering’ like hummingbirds or while perched. However, insects are often taken as well.


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Image(s): Ian White

Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa)

…a largher species of sunbird (Nectariniidae) which is native to Africa, where it occurs from Ethiopia southwards to South Africa. Malachite sunbirds are typically found in hilly fynbos as well as cool montante and coastal scrub areas. It is also known to occur in parks and gardens as well. Like most sunbirds, malachite sunbirds feed mainly on nectar from flowers (generally Aloe. spp), but are also known to take insects as well. 


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Image: Steve Garvie

Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae)

…a species of spiderhunter (Arachnothera spp.), a genus of sunbirds, named for the patch of bare skin it shows along its face. Naked-faced spiderhunters are endemic to the Philippines where they inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Like other spiderhunters, naked-faced spiderhunters indeed eat spiders and are able to pluck them from the center of their webs. They are also known to feed on other arthropods and sometimes even nectar like other sunbirds. 


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Image: Llimchiu


Amethyst Sunbird (Chalcomitra amethystina)

Also known as the Black Sunbird, the amethyst sunbird is a species of sunbird (Nectariniidae) which occurs throughout most of central and southern Africa. Amethyst sunbirds typically inhabit dry savanna and other dry vegetated areas. Like other sunbirds C. amethystina is the old-world counterpart to hummingbirds, as it feeds almost exclusively on flowers, using its long curved bill to take nectar.  It is also known to occasionally feed on insects as well. 


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Images: Mikegoulding and Derek Keats