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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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It looks like an Amethyst female.

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

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Scarlet chested?

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.

Female Scarlet Chested Sunbird

Scarlet Chested Sunbird

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

Or an Amethyst

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

Could it be a bee eater of some sort?

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.

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

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?

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.

A female Amethyst Sunbird would be my guess?

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

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