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Grey Sunbird | Cyanomitra veroxii

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

The description for the Grey Sunbird (Latin name Cyanomitra veroxii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Cyanomitra veroxii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 789 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 980. You will find a picture of the Grey 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.

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

The Grey Sunbird has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 12 gms. The head is coloured blue, green while the bill is coloured black. The Cyanomitra veroxii has a blue coloured throat, black legs and a blue, green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

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 blue, green

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is blue

Back is blue, green

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.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Grey 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 4 eggs and they are coloured brown.

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

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

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Grey Sunbird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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