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Marico Sunbird

Afrikaans name: Maricosuikerbekkie

Marico Sunbird

Above - Male Marico Sunbird

Photo © Steven Herbert

Cinnyris mariquensis

The Marico Sunbird is an attractive bird that is found in the northern and north-eastern parts of South Africa. Beyond our borders they are found all the way up to Ethiopia.

The male is really attractive and is slightly bigger than the female. She is brownish on the back, has yellowish underparts and is heavily streaked on the underside of the throat.

The Marico Sunbird is fairly common in its preferred habitat which is riverine forest and acacia savanna. It is sometimes found in gardens as well.

Its favourite food is nectar but it also eats spiders and certain insects.

The Marico Sunbird breeds during summer. The female builds the nest which is normally located on a thin branch. She lays 2, or sometimes 3 eggs, and she incubates them for nearly 2 weeks. Both parents feed the chicks.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 285

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 36

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 36

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 108

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 206

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 245

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 71

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 69

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 200

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 298

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 398

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 398

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 320

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 525

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 537

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 687

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 686

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 378

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 410

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 93

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 166

List of South African Birds

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