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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Nectariniidae
Genus:Nectarinia
Genus species:Nectarinia chalybea

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:11 cm
Identification:The male sunbird is metallic golden-green with metallic blue uppertail coverts. The wings and tail are black, and there is a blue band across the chest and a scarlet band across the breast. The belly of the sunbird is gray, and the pectoral tufts are yellow. The female is dusky ash with a pale belly.
Habitat:Various forests, woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: insects, larvae, nectar
Reproduction:The lesser double-collared sunbird usually produces two eggs per clutch but can occasionally produce three. More than one clutch is produced per year. The nests are 5.5 inches in length and three inches in diameter. They are secured to a twig or small branch from which they invariably hang like a tiny Japanese lantern.
Sunbirds are typically found in pairs.
Behavior:This species is relatively tame.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Lesser double-collared sunbirdswill commandeer the webs of larger spiders and use them in the making of their nest.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1973-11 Subjects:perching birds
Lesser double-collared sunbird
Sunbirds
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata