Mystery Sunbird


Attached are pictures  of a juvenile sunbird resting on our deck at Le Domaine, Hillcrest. It sat there for quite a while (at least 5 minutes). I initially thought that it had flown into the glass door or window and had injured itself as it sat very still and hardly moved allowing us to get very close for a good photo opportunity.

When I attempted to try and pick it up it flew away with a little cheep call.

The size is around 10/11cm and with a yellow gape we thought that it could be either a juvenile White-bellied or a Greater Double-collared Sunbird, which are the most common at Le Domaine. The Amethyst being a lot larger at 14 cm. The width of the wooden boards in the photos are 7 cm – giving you a good size comparison.

Juvenile Sunbird Resting on deck

Juvenile Sunbird Resting on deck

Juvenile Sunbird Resting on deck

Juvenile Sunbird Resting on deck

Looking forward to your comments. Enter them below this post please.

Roger and Noreen Broomhall

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One Response to Mystery Sunbird

  1. Jenny Norman says:

    By the ‘blueish’ colour of the tail I would say White-bellied.

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