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Afrikaans name: Rooiborssuikerbekkie

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Scarlet-chested Sunbird

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Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Photo © Steven Herbert

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.

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