Southern (Lesser) Double-collared Sunbird | Cinnyris chalybeus

Robert's Birding Information: Southern (Lesser) Doublecollared Sunbird

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

The description for the Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Latin name Cinnyris chalybeus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cinnyris chalybeus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 783 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 988. You will find a picture of the Southern Double-collared Sunbird on page 977.

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.

This bird is known as Lesser Double-collared Sunbird in the Roberts 6th Edition. The Latin name for this bird is Nectarinia chalybea in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird is known in Afrikaans as Klein-rooibandsuikerbekkie.

The Southern Double-collared 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 Southern Double-collared Sunbird has a height of 12 cms and weighs around 8 gms. The head is coloured black, green while the bill is coloured black. The Cinnyris chalybeus has a grey, brown coloured throat, black legs and a black, green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Cinnyris chalybeus 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 black, green.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is grey, brown.

Back is black, green.

Southern (Lesser) Double Collared 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.

Southern (Lesser) Doublecollared Sunbird Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Southern Double-collared 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 3 eggs and they are coloured cream.

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

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the arid and semi-arid regions of Southern Africa and it can withstand high day and night temperatures.

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 ...

The Southern Double-collared Sunbird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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