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Scarlet-chested sunbird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Scarlet-chested sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis) are most common in miombo woodland and in other mixed open savannah woodlands, usually broad-leaved. They occur singly, in pairs or in small parties and are solitary roosters.

Distribution: Ranges from north of Helmeringhausen and from the Naukluft Mountains north-east to the Khomas Hochland Mountains and Windhoek. Also found in other central and northern ranges including Etosha National Park to Epupa Falls and east to Rundu and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Forages at nectar sources, mainly from midday into the afternoon. Eats insects and spiders. The widespread nectar-producing plants they favour includes torch lilies, Aloes, Cape honeysuckle and wild-mango.

Description: Mostly dark, velvety blackish brown plumage with a glossy emerald green crown and chin. At times this species is mistaken for the Amethyst sunbird. Characteristic loud, piping calls.

Breeding: Females only build a mainly dry grass and weed stem nest in 6 days. Always 2 eggs are laid from September to November and incubated by the female for around 14 days.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 14g.

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Zebra River Lodge

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