Afrikaans name: Rooiborssuikervoël
Sugarbirds are like overgrown Sunbirds. The Gurney's Sugarbird is endemic to Southern Africa.
Gurney's Sugarbirds can reach a length of 29 cm which includes their tail. They weigh a bit over 20 grams.
They are associated with Proteas and they can be seen feeding off the nectar. They will also eat insects with bees being a particular favourite.
Males are larger than females and have longer bills.
References and further readingBirds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 104
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 69
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 682
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 681
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 406