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 Post subject: Sunbird: Malachite
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:35 am 
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Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa)

In other parts of Africa this bird is also known as Yellow-tufted Malachite Sunbird.

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Other names:
Afrikaans: Jangroentjie
German: Malachitnektarvogel
French: Souimanga malachite
Portuguese: Beija-flor-verde
Dutch: Emeraldhoningzuiger


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Voice

Loud 'tsip-tsip' with 3 plus syllables. Song is started by by piping callnotes, followed by tseepy-tseepy-tseepy. When not breeding will call quietly for a long time.

Status

Common. In low lying areas it is resident. Migrant from higher regions in winter.

Habitat

Variable. Mountainous country, grasslands, riverine thornbush, gardens, parks, exotic plantations.

Habits

Usually found alone or in pairs when breeding. Looks for nectar amoung flowers, probing them, and eating insects. Aggressive and conspicious, often chasing other sunbirds.

Food

Nectar, insects and spiders.

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Heres one from the Cape of Good Hope NP
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Seen a few of these birds in Bontebok Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Malachite Sunbird
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 Post subject: Re: Malachite Sunbird
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Got mine in winter time in Mosselbay! The aloes itself are something to see at that time of the year.

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 Post subject: Re: Malachite Sunbird
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For anyone else Living in Gauteng :) Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens(Aloes in the nursery) is a great spot for these!! (So I've been told)

I've never been, and therefore a Malachite I haven't seen :D Soon I hope!!

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 Post subject: Re: Malachite Sunbird
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Thanks Justin, I haven't seen them there before ( BUT I might have been too busy looking out for the Milkweed Locusts)
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So I think I'll try and face these locust again today, as I really want to see these sunbirds. :? Have seen a White bellied Sunbird there 2 weeks ago in the parking area....

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 Post subject: Re: Malachite Sunbird
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As for the seeing the bird at Walter Sisulu. True. It was present the two previous years but there was no sighting of it this year. We've been there a few times during winter and did not manage to find it once. We also haven't heard of anyone else spotting it this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Sunbird: Malachite
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The overhead dash!

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 Post subject: Re: Sunbird: Malachite
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Under-wing most sunbirds keep their chaffing feathers hidden. Sometimes, on auspicious occasions, it is popped out in a stunning display. I thought these images show the "normal" and display postures brilliantly. When you have a sunbird in-the-hand, it is possible to gently flick these feathers forward to give an idea what the display would look like.

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 Post subject: Re: Sunbird: Malachite
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In the Basotho Cultural Village, Golden Gate National Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Sunbird: Malachite
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Darling, September 2009

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 Post subject: Re: Sunbird: Malachite
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At the Sentech tower in Marakele during Christmas holidays 2010.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi all

can anyone identify these birds for me? I thought the first one might be Malachite sunbird? Seen at Rooi Els in SA.

ETA: taken on 5th October, at the cape rockjumper site.

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missing cape rock jumper 007 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr


Thanks! :thumbs_up:


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