Sunbirds & Sugarbirds

Sugar Birds

Gurney’s Sugarbird
Cape Sugarbird








Orange-breasted Sunbird
Southern Double-collared Sunbird
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Marico Sunbird








Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Amethyst Sunbird
White-bellied Sunbird
Olive Sunbird








Grey Sunbird
Malachite Sunbird
Collared Sunbird
Dusky Sunbird








Neergaard’s Sunbird
Purple-banded Sunbird








I still need to see:

  • Plain-backed Sunbird
  • Western Violet-backed Sunbird
  • Bronzy Sunbird
  • Miombo Double-collared Sunbird
  • Variable Sunbird
  • Copper Sunbird
  • Shelley’s Sunbird

2 thoughts on “Sunbirds & Sugarbirds”

  1. I am not a birdwatcher, but recently read about the Hummingbird that needs to feed very often (about every 20 minutes) and goes into a state of torpor to conserve energy. I can’t find any info regarding the South African sugar bird in the fynbos area. I stay in the Overberg region and I am interested to know whether sugarbirds have the same high energy demand.

    1. Hi David, Our sunbirds and sugarbirds are much larger thus can sustain themselves much longer on a meal. They also have a more diverse diet which includes insects and the proteins are not as quickly burnt as plant sugars

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