Orange-breasted Sunbird | Anthobaphes violacea

Robert's Bird Information: Orangebreasted Sunbird

The Orange-breasted Sunbird is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Nectariniidae bird family group which includes birds such as Sunbirds.

The description for the Orange-breasted Sunbird (Latin name Anthobaphes violacea) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Anthobaphes violacea can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 777 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 977. You will find a picture of the Orange-breasted Sunbird on page 1008.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

The Latin name for this bird is Nectarinia violacea in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Orange-breasted Sunbird is known in Afrikaans as Oranjeborssuikerbekkie.

The Orange-breasted Sunbird is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Orange-breasted Sunbird has a height of 17 cms and weighs around 13 gms. The head is coloured green while the bill is coloured black. The Anthobaphes violacea has a green coloured throat, grey legs and a green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Anthobaphes violacea has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is green.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is green.

Back is green.

Photo's & Differentiating Between Male, Female & Juveniles

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Male Adult  
Female Adult  
Non Breeding Plumage N/A

Orangebreasted Sunbird Feeding Habits ...

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

The bird also drinks nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy.

Orange Breasted Sunbird Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Orange-breasted Sunbird is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 2 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.