The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Grey Sunbird

Afrikaans name: Gryssuikerbekkie

Grey Sunbird

Grey Sunbird

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Cyanomitra veroxii

The Grey Sunbird is found along the eastern coastal regions of Africa from South Africa through to Kenya. In South Africa it is found from the Eastern Cape through KwaZulu-Natal.

It is quite common in coastal forest but may also be found in valley bushveld and inland forests.

The Grey Sunbird mainly feeds on nectar but it does also eat termites and caterpillars as well.

The female normally lays either 2 or 3 eggs which are brown in colour. The nest is made of fine materials and hangs from vegetation over a clearing.

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: 324

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 543

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 696

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 697

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 533

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

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

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 413

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

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 263

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 291

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

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