Instead of its striking metallic green plumage, the Malachite sunbird now sports a fading yellowish, speckled plumage
The Malachite Sunbird at 25 cm (male) and 15 cm (female), is a large sunbird. During breeding season, its bright metallic green plumage is unmistakable; the pectoral tufts are bright yellow. The female has a dull plumage with variable green-blotched underparts. The non-breeding plumage of the male resembles this.
In the above photos, the Malachite Sunbird is perched on a thorn tree planted along the driveway in my front garden
Last week I posted images female species of this bird drinking nectar from my aloes against the boundary wall
This sunbird feeds on nectar, insects, spiders and even small lizards. Its call is chep-chep followed by a rapid high-pitched tseepy- tseepy-tseepy.
Readers of my recent posts about critters in our SA garden, will know that I have the correct food and habitat to attract sunbirds.
Long may these pretty birds visit my garden.
I'm linking my post to Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Stewart Monkton here
Happy birding and happy Wednesday to all my Blogger friends!