Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis
Mole National Park, Ghana
The Scarlet-chested Sunbird is distributed in the wooded savannas, semi-arid scrub, farmland and gardens of tropical Africa south of the Sahara. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
|The male, shown here, is blackish-brown with a brilliant red lower throat
and breast with narrow bluish bars on the feathers. The forehead, forecrown and upper throat are
glossy green and the wings are dark brown fading to milky-brown when older. The undertail is also
milky brown. The bill is long and decurved which helps it to feed on nectar though it also preys on
insects. The female is brown above and dull yellow with dark streaks below.
The song is a series of clear, separate notes.
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