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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Collared Sunbird

Afrikaans name: Kortbeksuikerbekkie

Collared Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Photo © Steven Herbert

Hedydipna collaris

The Collared Sunbird is a small, attractive bird with a relatively short bill. They only reach a length of around 10 cm.

Males are more brightly coloured than females. They have green on their chest with a bluish-purple collar.

The Collared Sunbird feeds on nectar and insects and is normally seen hopping around amongst the leaves and branches of bushes.

Collared Sunbird

Photo © Steven Herbert

They make a small nest which hangs from a twig. Either 2 or 3 eggs are laid.

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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

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 202

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 701

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 700

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 412

List of South African Birds

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