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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on What Bird is This? #13

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It looks like an Amethyst female.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

After consulting Sasol I think it a Scarlet chested Sunbird. The amethyst has got pale undersides.

Donald Carlton
Explorer

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Pierre Malherbe
Explorer

Scarlet chested?

Declan Porter
Explorer

It’s a female Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis). It’s always nice to see sunbirds around especially in winter when they add a bit of colour.

Anthony Goldman
Guest contributor

Female Scarlet Chested Sunbird

Rory Hudson
Explorer

Scarlet Chested Sunbird

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Could it be a Malachite Sunbird? I have always wanted to see one – but alas I have never seen one up close!

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Or an Amethyst

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

I am terrible at identification of birds. Obviously next visit I will need to study birds. You have a lot of wonderful birds. Victoria

Kate Doyle
Explorer

Could it be a bee eater of some sort?

Tom Rawles
Guest contributor

Marico Sunbird. Breast is pale yellow unlike scarlet-chested. Pattern is more striped than mottled. Amount of white on neck is confusing, but I still say Marico.

Ian Maclarty
Explorer

Hi James,
Based on the virtual absence (but not quite) of any eyebrow I am going with a female Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

I am no birder, though I love to watch them; each time I’ve tried to ID one on the blog, I’m hopelessly wrong. But, I’ll try again – a female scarlet-chested sunbird?

Kelley Boston
Explorer

I love the sunbirds. I believe this one is the scarlet-chested female. The male may be more colorful, but this female is quite pretty.

Stuart Manford
Explorer

A female Amethyst Sunbird would be my guess?

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

It can only be either a female black or scarlet chested sunbird. My money is on the latter.

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