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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Grey Sunbird

Afrikaans name: Gryssuikerbekkie

Grey Sunbird

Grey Sunbird

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Cyanomitra veroxii

The Grey Sunbird is found along the eastern coastal regions of Africa from South Africa through to Kenya. In South Africa it is found from the Eastern Cape through KwaZulu-Natal.

It is quite common in coastal forest but may also be found in valley bushveld and inland forests.

The Grey Sunbird mainly feeds on nectar but it does also eat termites and caterpillars as well.

The female normally lays either 2 or 3 eggs which are brown in colour. The nest is made of fine materials and hangs from vegetation over a clearing.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 38

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 70

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 697

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 696

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 408

List of South African Birds

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