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Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Afrikaans name: Rooiborssuikerbekkie

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

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Chalcomitra senegalensis

The Scarlet-chested Sunbird is found over most of sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa it can be found from northern KwaZulu-Natal to Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The male Scarlet-chested Sunbird has striking plumage. The female is far more drab.

They can be found in savanna, woodland and gardens.

The Scarlet-chested Sunbird mainly feeds on nectar but will also eat insects and spiders.

The female builds the nest hanging from a branch or twig. Up to 3 eggs are laid.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 37

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

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 198

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 123

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 699

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 698

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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