The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Olive Sunbird

Afrikaans name: Olyfsuikerbekkie

Olive Sunbird

Photo © Steven Herbert

Cyanomitra olivacea

The Olive Sunbird is found along the coastal area of KwaZulu-Natal and portions of the Eastern Cape. Beyond our borders it is found in various countries in west and east Africa.

The preferred habitat of the Olive Sunbird is coastal forest. It is also found in woodland areas, parks and gardens.

This species predominantly feeds on nectar from a variety of trees and plants. It also eats some fruit, spiders and insects.

When breeding the female Olive Sunbird makes a pear-shaped nest. It is normally placed amongst vegetation that is hanging down. Up to 3 eggs are laid and the female broods them for about 2 weeks. Both parents feed the chicks for the next 2 weeks at which time they are normally ready to leave the nest.

References and further reading

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 374

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 408

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 93

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 325

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 697

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 546

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 698

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 400

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 400

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 414

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 534

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 294

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 70

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 247

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 113

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 264

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 38

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 286

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 38

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