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Gurney's Sugarbird | Promerops gurneyi

The Gurney's Sugarbird is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Promeropidae bird family group which includes birds such as Sugarbirds.

The description for the Gurney's Sugarbird (Latin name Promerops gurneyi) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Promerops gurneyi can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 774 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1001. You will find a picture of the Gurney's Sugarbird 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.

Neither the Latin nor the Engish name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications ? these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Gurney's Sugarbird is known in Afrikaans as Rooiborssuikervo?l.

The Gurney's Sugarbird 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 Gurney's Sugarbird has a height of 29 cms and weighs around 23 gms. The head is coloured grey, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Promerops gurneyi has a brown coloured throat, black legs and a grey 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 grey, brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is brown

Back is grey

Feeding Habits ...

The Gurney's Sugarbird is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

The Promerops gurneyi 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 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 Gurney's Sugarbird 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 brown.

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

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Gurney's Sugarbird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks

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."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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