Malachite Sunbirds

The aloes, this year are putting on a fine show and the sunbirds visit as if these nectaries are the best five star offerings. The male Malachite sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) sports bright breeding plumage: he dazzles in bright iridescent green-blue feathers and the bright yellow pectoral tufts make a bold statement.Β  Nest building and egg incubation are undertaken entirely by the female so the male bird has ample time to show off. Β  It takes about seven days to build the nest and another fortnight to incubate the eggs.

33 thoughts on “Malachite Sunbirds

  1. We haven’t seen any in our garden this year – but then the aloe flowering period seemed to be unusually short this year. I have missed them.

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