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A photo of a Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa), male
Malachite Sunbird, Male

Malachite Sunbird

Nectarinia famosa

The malachite sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) is a small nectarivorous bird found from the highlands of Ethiopia southwards to South Africa. They pollinate many flowering plants, particularly those with long corolla tubes, in the Fynbos. The breeding male malachite sunbird, which has very long central tail feathers, is 25 cm long, and the shorter-tailed female 15 cm. The adult male is metallic green when breeding, with blackish-green wings with small yellow pectoral patches. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the male's upperparts are brown apart from the green wings and tail, the latter retaining the elongated feathers. The underparts in eclipse plumage are yellow, flecked with green.
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A photo of a Malachite Sunbird photographed in  South Africa
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Hannah Wilkinson
Tuesday 26 Sep 2023 - 4:14pm
South Africa
A map showing the sighting location
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Margie Gertzen
Monday 25 Sep 2023 - 11:09am
South Africa
A map showing the sighting location
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Rene Ehlers
Monday 25 Sep 2023 - 10:41am
South Africa
A map showing the sighting location
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Fanie Naude
Sunday 24 Sep 2023 - 8:44am
South Africa
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