male Scarlet Chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis) near Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Daily Creature 66: Scarlet Chested Sunbird

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male Scarlet Chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis) near Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Scarlet-Chested Sunbird

(Chalcomitra senegalensis)

The male Scarlet-Chested Sunbird wears a brilliant red bib over his otherwise somber black outfit, while the female is a drab olive-brown. The long curved beak is perfect for extracting their favorite food: flower nectar!

They also occasionally eat spiders, which seems a bit ironic considering that the female depends on spider webs to bind her nest together!

Photo taken near Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

 

aka (Nectarinia senegalensis)

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