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Southern Double-collared Sunbird
2008-08-14 10:26:21

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus), also known as the Lesser Double-collared Sunbird, is a species of sunbird that breeds in southern South Africa. It is mainly resident, but partially migratory in the north-east of its range. This sunbird is common in gardens, fynbos, forests and coastal scrub. It was formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia. The Southern...

Malachite Sunbird
2008-08-11 20:36:40

The Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa), is a small bird with two subspecies. The nominate N. f. famosa occurs mainly in South Africa, Lesotho and western Swaziland, although its range just extends into southern Namibia and Zimbabwe. N. f. cupreonitens breeds in the highlands from Ethiopia south to northern Mozambique. This large sunbird is found in hilly fynbos, protea and aloe habitat and...

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'