Gurney’s Sugarbird

Promerops gurneyi (endemic)

This beautiful endemic is smaller than its cousin, the cape sugarbird, and has a rufous breast and crown.

This is the first sugarbird that we recorded in Southern Africa. We were visiting Kaapsehoop in the Limpopo Province in August 2010 and were returning from a late afternoon walk when we noticed this stunning bird sitting on top of a protea. The light was perfect for photography and the bird was relaxed enough to allow us within a few metres of it.

Another great spot for this species is Giants Castle in the central Drakensberg.


Gurney’s Sugarbird / Kaapsehoop, South Africa / 07 August 2010 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Kaapsehoop, South Africa / 07 August 2010 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Sani Pass, South Africa / December 2015 Sani-Pass-(before-border)-2-207-Gurney’s-Sugarbird-BEST Gurney’s Sugarbird / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa Gurney’s Sugarbird / Kaapsehoop, South Africa / 07 August 2010 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 30 March 2013 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Sani Pass, South Africa / December 2015 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Kaapsehoop, South Africa / 07 August 2010 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 30 March 2013 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 30 March 2013 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 30 March 2013 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Sani Pass, South Africa / December 2015 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Sani Pass, South Africa / December 2015 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Kaapsehoop, South Africa / 07 August 2010 Gurney’s Sugarbird / Sani Pass, South Africa / December 2015 Gurney’s Sugarbird – male / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 30 March 2013
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