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Sunday, December 11, 2016

MALACHITE SUNBIRD, BETTY'S BAY, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

   We can ID this Sunbird as a Malachite Sunbird by its very large downturned bill and elongated central tail feathers.  This Malachite Sunbird is molting as it has some of the characteristics of  a breeding male (iridescent green) and some of eclipse plumage (brownish on back).
   The Malachite Sunbird is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 489.