Cape Sugarbird

Promerops cafer

The Cape Sugarbird Aasheesh Pittie. . Retrieved April 27, 2009.  is one of the six bird species endemic to the Fynbos biome of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa.
Hermanus, Cape_Sugarbird This photo was taken in september 2016 in Hermanus, South Africa. Cape Sugarbird,Geotagged,Hermanus,Promerops cafer,South Africa,South Africa-2016,Spring

Appearance

The Cape Sugarbird is a grey-brown bird that easily recognisable by a spot of yellow under its tail and the very long tail feathers present in males. The male is 34–44 cm long, and the shorter-tailed, shorter-billed, and paler breasted female 25–29 cm long. Another characteristic of the Cape Sugarbird is the sound it makes when it flies. The main flight feathers are arranged in such a way that when the bird beats its wings, a ''frrt-frrt'' sound is made with the intention of attracting females.
Cape Sugarbird close up Not the best quality but at least you can see the glorious tail in this photo.
(Definitely need a longer lens!) Cape Sugarbird,Geotagged,Promerops cafer,South Africa

Distribution

The Cape Sugarbird is distributed throughout the chaparral in South Africa and the Cape Floral Region where there are flowering proteas and ericas. It is also found in gardens in summer when most proteas are not in flower. A common species throughout its range, the Cape Sugarbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Cape Sugarbird on Protea This photo does not do the bird justice, but it does show it on one of its favourite foods, Protea.
Sugarbirds are native to South Africa of which there are only two species, the Cape Sugarbird and Gurney's Sugarbird.
This was a very lucky spotting whilst out for a drive this morning. Birds,Cape Sugarbird,Geotagged,Promerops cafer,South Africa,south africa

Status

The Cape Sugarbird is distributed throughout the chaparral in South Africa and the Cape Floral Region where there are flowering proteas and ericas. It is also found in gardens in summer when most proteas are not in flower. A common species throughout its range, the Cape Sugarbird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Reproduction

The breeding season for the Cape Sugarbird is winter when there are ample food supplies.

Food

The Cape Sugarbird is a specialist nectar feeder when it comes to feeding off Proteaceae. Its long, sharp beak is used to reach the nectar of a variety of species of protea with its long brush-tipped tongue. The staple diet of this sugarbird is nectar; however, it will also eat spiders and insects. The characteristic strong winds in the Cape may make feeding off protea heads difficult, but the Cape Sugarbird has adapted to this with the development of sharp claws.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyPromeropidae
GenusPromerops
SpeciesP. cafer
Photographed in
South Africa