Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:08 pm
Location: Durban, South Africa
I recently read somewhere that the Marico Sunbird relies heavily on the Wild Cotton Bush (Gossypium Herbaceum ssp. Africanum) to line their nests. The article went as far as to say that, without the Wild Cotton, Marico Sunbirds could suffer a decline in numbers: I suppose not enough insulation in the nest to protect the babies = higher than normal nestling mortality?!? I found this fascinating, to say the least!
I have since planted a few seeds and hope to hit potluck with them growing. Although we don't have any Marico Sunbirds here in Amanzimtoti, I'm sure the other sunbirds will also make good use of the "cotton balls" surrounding the little seeds.
"To be playing a part, no matter how small, in the conservation of our dwindling wildlife is an experience I shall always cherish." - Stuart Hilcove
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