Cape Sugarbird In South Africa

We love to capture wildlife along our travels around the world. In South Africa it’s most enjoyable as wildlife is plentiful and nature reserves offer space for a myriad of bird species.

Here you find a beautiful Cape Sugarbird sitting on a Protea, South Africa’s national plant.

In the Fynbos of the Hottentots Holland Mountains in South Africa we found plenty Cape Sugarbirds enjoying themselves sipping nectar of the protea plants.

Walking over the paths of the Helderberg Nature Reserve in South Africa which cut through the Fynbos in the Hottentots Holland Mountains, we encountered numerous Cape Sugarbirds.

Helderberg Nature Reserve, South Africa
Cape Sugarbird on Protea

The Cape Sugarbird shows a distinct preference to protea plants as seen in this photo.

Its feathering is brown above and paler below. The undertail is bright yellow, and the top of the head is dull brown.

Most striking is that the male has a tail which is twice the length of the body.




Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

10 thoughts on “Cape Sugarbird In South Africa”

  1. What a beautiful bird! Cape sugarbird is one we’d love to see. We love seeing new birds while traveling and this one is really exquisite. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. You need to travel South Africa if you love birds. We’ve been in a small little nature reserve called De Mond just now. What an abundance of birds, unseen in the northern hemisphere. I’ll post some pictures and a video soon on this blog – keep posted 😉

    1. Thanks so much! I love to see the small wonders of nature, too. Of course, it’s great to see the big five but to see the varieties of birds is as beautiful. Thanks for your comment!

  2. I loved that part of South Africa – the unique vegetation gives rise to some unique wildlife, like this bird. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Looked it up and realize that they are inherent to southern africa only – or so wiki would have us believe. Beautiful shot!

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