Scarlet-chested Sunbird.. a real beauty to capture.

Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)

This bird is fairly wide spread and can be found in southern Mauritania and Guinea to Ethiopia and south to northern Namibia and north-eastern South Africa.

These birds are 13-15 cm long and have a wingspan of 25-30 cm. They weigh 10-14 g.


(Photo courtesy of Victor Lourens, my Grandson who would never be able to stop me showing his photos,,, he’s still learning..)

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(These are my photos… only the top one is his)

They feed on the nectar of various flowers, but show some preference for large red blooms. They also eat spiders and insects such as grubs, ants, termite alate, caterpillars, crickets, leafhoppers, beetles and flies.

They breed all year round, they are monogamous solitary nesters and the female builds the nest alone. (Male Chauvinistic Pig) The nest is a suspended oval or pear-shaped structure, made of grasses, dead leaves, plant down and spider webs, decorated with seeds, leaves, strings, feathers and even pieces of paper. It is suspended from the tip of a branch, 2-10 m above the ground. There the female lays 1-3 cream, greenish or pinkish eggs with darker markings, which she incubates alone for 13-15 days. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge 15-20 days after hatching.

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70 thoughts on “Scarlet-chested Sunbird.. a real beauty to capture.

    • Thank you Sea Play… the grand son was the only one that caught a bird in flight… he was so excited, and I’m pleased for his sake… the bug has now bitten him…

  1. Well, first of all…nice job Grandson!!! Love your shots as well Bulldog! What a gorgeous bird and gorgeous blooms that it’s feeding on…I wish
    we had both the bird and the bloom here!

    • Thanks Suzanne… yes the bug has caught him as well and I’m sure he will turn out a great photographer.. he has the talent and eye for it… gave him a few tips and he was away… it is a southern hemisphere tree, which loves heat, and at this time it starts to bloom and when finished the leaves will pop out… thank you for the complement..

  2. This bird looks easy to identify. Such distinctive markings and the curved beak. Great shots. They’d make good posters. You could probably do a pretty good collage of your bird pictures alone, never mind all the other animals.

    • Thanks Anneli… yep this one needed no book for an ID, as you say if one didn’t know a guess at the name would probably be correct more times than not…

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