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Sunbird: Malachite

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Sunbird: Malachite

Unread post by francoisd » Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:35 am

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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Unread post by Wild about cats » Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:06 pm

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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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:45 pm

Heres one from the Cape of Good Hope NP
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:45 pm

Seen a few of these birds in Bontebok Park.
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Re: Malachite Sunbird

Unread post by Batmad » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:41 pm

saw mine in Golden gate :D
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Re: Malachite Sunbird

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:13 am

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

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:07 pm

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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Re: Malachite Sunbird

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:35 am

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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Re: Malachite Sunbird

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:00 am

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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Re: Sunbird: Malachite

Unread post by Cherries » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:37 pm

The overhead dash!

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Re: Sunbird: Malachite

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:56 am

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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Re: Sunbird: Malachite

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:07 am

In the Basotho Cultural Village, Golden Gate National Park.

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Re: Sunbird: Malachite

Unread post by arks » Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:30 am

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Re: Sunbird: Malachite

Unread post by Johann » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:56 pm

At the Sentech tower in Marakele during Christmas holidays 2010.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by kittykat23uk » Tue May 03, 2011 11:46 am

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


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