Splendid sunbird

Splendid Sunbird at ZSL London Zoo's Blackburn Pavillions

Latin Name
Nectarinia coccinigaster 

What they look like
Male birds can be spotted through their glossy purple feathers and a dark green back. They also possess a crimson breast patch. The female birds are coloured green and brown, with a yellow plumage below. 

Animal Facts
This nectar-feeding species has specially adapted tongue and bill so that it can easily feed on juicy nectar. It has also learnt to hover, just like a hummingbird, to access all flowers, although it does like to perch where possible.

What they eat
Mostly insects but they will also eat insects, which they feed to their young.

Habitat
Wet savannah and woodland.

Where they live
West and central tropical Africa

 

Population
Stable
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Nectariniidae