The Collared Sunbird, Hedydipna collaris) is a common breeder across most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is a seasonal migrant within its range.
It is usually found in forests near water.
Diet / Feeding
They feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young.
Most species can take nectar by hovering like a humming bird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.
Breeding / Nesting
Two or three eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree.
Collared Sunbirds are tiny, only 9-10 cm long. They have short thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to nectar feeding.
The adult male has glossy green upperparts and head with a yellow belly and narrow purple breast band.
The female is a duller green above and entirely yellow below.
Sunbird flight is fast and direct on their short wings.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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