Malachite Sunbirds


A visit to my friend Ollie Smith’s home in Kommetjie always carries the promise of amazing bird life up close and personal.  This time it was Malachite Sunbirds, which was my first encounter ever with this larger cousin of the Double Collared Sunbirds that frequent our garden often.

At one point there were as many as five bright green and yellow males around the bird-feeder and it was interesting to watch the battle of wills between the sunbirds and the bees for the sugar water.

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