White-bellied Sunbird | Cinnyris talatala

Robert's Birding Information: Whitebellied Sunbird

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

The description for the White-bellied Sunbird (Latin name Cinnyris talatala) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cinnyris talatala can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 787 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 993. You will find a picture of the White-bellied 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.White Bellied Sunbird

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

The White-bellied Sunbird is known in Afrikaans as Witpenssuikerbekkie.

The White-bellied Sunbird has a height of 11 cms and weighs around 7 gms. The head is coloured green while the bill is coloured black. The Cinnyris talatala has a green coloured throat, black legs and a green coloured back. The eyes are brown.Whitebellied Sunbird

The male Cinnyris talatala 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 black.

Throat is green.

Back is green.

White Bellied Sunbird Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Cinnyris talatala attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten.

This bird is a noctunal feeder and is able to forage in the dark because of the enhanced night vision. It also forages at this time because that's when the prey comes out in the open.

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.

Whitebellied Sunbird Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The White-bellied 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 white.

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

The White-bellied Sunbird is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The White-bellied Sunbird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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