Southern Double-collared Sunbird Reference Libraries

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Souimanga Sunbird
2008-08-15 21:50:21

The Souimanga Sunbird (Cinnyris sovimanga), is a small passerine bird of the sunbird family, Nectariniidae. It is native to the islands of the western Indian Ocean where it occurs on Madagascar, the Aldabra Group and the Glorioso Islands. The Souimanga Sunbird can be found in a variety of habitats from mountain forests to mangroves and scrubland as well as in parks, gardens and other...

Variable Sunbird
2008-08-15 20:51:41

The Variable Sunbird (Cinnyris venustus ), is part of a group of very small Old World passerine birds. The Variable Sunbird is a fairly common resident breeder in equatorial Africa. This species was formerly known as (Nectarinia venusta). Variable Sunbirds are small, only 4 inches long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their...

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...

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