Marico Sunbird

Cinnyris mariquensis

This stunning sunbird is often found in more arid areas, where it is a common resident in woodland and savanna. The male can be separated from purple-banded sunbird by its larger size, longer bill and broader purple breast band.

I first recorded this sunbird in July 2010 while visiting Roodeplaat Nature Reserve. There is always a good selection of birds near the main offices and a quick walk round the surrounding gardens (and parking lot) can not only find you this sunbird but also the likes of burnt-necked eromomela, chinspot batis, crimson-breasted shrike, yellow-fronted tinkerbarbet, spotted flycatcher, neddicky and kalahari scrub-robin.

Rust de Winter is another superb spot to find this species.


Marico Sunbird / Dinokeng Nature Reserve, South Africa / August 2020 Marico Sunbird / Dinokeng Nature Reserve, South Africa / August 2020 Marico Sunbird / Dinokeng Nature Reserve, South Africa / August 2020 Sunbird_Marico_Rust_de_Winter_Roadside_Route_South_Africa_&_Front-SMSH Marico Sunbird / Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / November 2018 Marico Sunbird / Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / November 2018 Marico Sunbird / Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa / July 2018 Sunbird_Marico_Rust_de_Winter_Roadside_Route_South_Africa_Side-SMSH
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