The Enchanting Palette: A Mesmerizing Ensemble of Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green

A narrow red chest band sets off a delightful combination of yellow, blue, and green to perfection.

Meet the Southern Double-collared Sunbird


“Southern Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird Alpha-Male WMD_3090” by Wilferd Duckitt is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The southern double-collared sunbird or lesser double-collared sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus) is wearing a glossy, metallic green head, throat, upper breast, and back area. He wears a red band across his chest, separated from his green by an even narrower metallic blue band. The rest of his underparts are white. When putting on a show for the females, yellow tufts can be seen sprouting from the shoulders. His bill is long and decurved, like the feet and legs it is also black. The eyes are brown.


“Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Lesser Double-collared Sunbird), Cinnyris chalybeu” by Derek Keats is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Female birds have brown upperparts and yellowish-to-grey underparts.

Juvenile birds tend to resemble the female more so than the male.


“Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus)” by Alan Manson is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

These birds breed in and are resident in southern Africa.


“Southern Double-collared Sunbird or Lesser Double-collared Sunbird, Cinnyris chalybeus” by brian.gratwicke is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The southern double-barred-collared sunbird likes to inhabit gardens, coastal scrub, and fynbos.


“Southern Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird Alpha-Male WMD_3224-2” by Wilferd Duckitt is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

These birds like to dine on nectar from flowers, but will take fruit, and even insects when feeding young.


“southern double-collared sunbird” by Tony Rebelo is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Depending on where they live, the southern double-collared sunbird usually breeds from April to December, depending on the region. During this time closed oval nest is constructed from grass, lichen, and other plant material bound together with spiders web. The nest has a side entrance which sometimes has a porch, and is lined with wool, plant down, and feathers.


“southern double-collared sunbird” by Timothy Whitehead is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

This bird is regarded as of Least Concern on the ICUN Red List!


“Southern Double-collared Sunbird-2376” by Ragnhild & Neil Crawford is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

You can watch this bird right here in the video below:

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