January 7, 2017 – Malachite Sunbird, Yellow-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Common Malachite Sunbird, Long-tailed Emerald Sunbird, or Green Sugarbird (Nectarinia famosa)

These sunbirds are found in South Africa and parts of eastern central Africa. Though their diet is primarily nectar, they sometimes catch small insects in the air, especially when feeding chicks. Foraging alone or in groups of up to 40 birds, they can drink from flowers while hovering, similar to hummingbirds, but often land to feed. Males are highly aggressive and frequently grapple in the air, grabbing each other with their feet. Their nests are suspended or built in bushes. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks.


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