The little Cape sunbirds which flit to and fro over the backyard wall sport the most amazing colours. There are three species: the Malachites, Orange-breasted and the Southern double-collared. The males are fabulously attired, their iridescent colours sparkle in the sunlight and we marvel at the extraordinary beauty. The Orange-breasted males really do steal the show, they are gorgeous. We’re attuned to their “chat” and the various calls between the species. Yesterday’s tweets took on a different mood – a jubilant, joyous kind of crowing, and there flaunting his yellow breeding epaulettes was a jaunty little Orange-breasted male. Mrs was building a nest in full view of our diningroom window and there he was displaying. Curiously when feeding the yellow epaulettes were retracted, tucked back under his wings. Bang on time too, their breeding season coincides with the ericas (heath) blossoming over winter.