The white-bellied sunbird (Cinnyris talatala), also known as the white-breasted sunbird, is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Distribution and habitat Occurs from Angola to southern Tanzania south to southern Africa, where it is common to locally abundant across northern Namibia, northern and south-eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and north-eastern South Africa. It generally prefers semi-arid savanna woodland, such as Acacia, bushwillow (Combretum) and riparian thickets, Zambezi teak (Baikiaea plurijuga) and mixed miombo (Brachystegia) woodland.

Predators and parasites It has been recorded as prey of the following mammals: Felis cattus (Domestic cat) Galerella sanguinea (Slender mongoose)

Brood parasites It has been recorded as host of the Klaas's cuckoo.

Food It mainly eats nectar supplemented with arthropods, often joining mixed-species foraging flocks in the day, along with other sunbirds at large sources of nectar. In the late afternoon it regularly hawks insects aerially and gleans invertebrates from foliage.

The following food items have been recorded in its diet:

* Nectar

* Arthropods




grasshoppers (Orthoptera)

moths (Lepidoptera)


Breeding The nest (see image) is built solely by the female in about 5–8 days, consisting of an untidy oval-shaped structure made of dry material such as grass and leaves, bound together with spider web. The outside is decorated with bits of leaves and bark, while the interior is thickly lined with plant down, sometimes along with feathers and wool. It is typically attached to the branches or thorns of a plant, such as a Queen-of-the-night cactus (Cereus jamacaru), prickly-pear cactus (Opuntia) or a tree, sometimes alongside active paper wasp (Belanogaster) nests. Egg-laying season is from June–March, peaking from September–December. It lays 1-3 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female for 13–14 days. The chicks are brooded solely by the female but fed by both parents, leaving the nest after about 14–15 days, after which they continue to roost at the nest for about 4-14 more days.

Threats Not threatened, in fact it seems to have benefited from the fragmentation and disturbance of miombo (Bracystegia) woodland in Zimbabwe.
White-breasted Sunbird
Date Location Count
2021-06-26 07:06Roy's Camp1
2021-06-30 09:04Rundu--radio tower3
2021-06-28 07:48Shamvura Camp (general area)1
2021-06-29 06:47Ngepi Camp Lodge1
2021-06-27 11:33Mahango Game Reserve1
2021-07-09 15:19Moremi Game Reserve--South Gate
2021-07-16 07:32Mushingashi Conservancy
2021-07-20 07:12Frangilla Lodge
2021-07-07 13:30Hillside Dams3
2021-07-05 11:42Marataba Lodge1
2021-07-10 12:36Hekpoort vicinity1
2021-07-11 07:05Bela-Bela2
2021-07-19 08:45Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden3
2021-07-10 11:13Diepsloot Nature Reserve1
2021-07-15 12:59Bon Accord Dam6
2021-07-13 10:46Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve2
2021-07-17 14:24Dainfern2
2021-07-16 10:19Golden Harvest Park3
2021-07-04 08:54Loerie Park1
2021-07-17 06:20Dinokeng Game Reserve (Please be more precise)10
2021-07-03 08:16Northcliff Ridge Eco Park2
2021-07-16 10:44Rietfontein Nature Reserve3
2021-07-04 07:23President Ridge Bird Sanctuary1
2021-07-25 09:53Darrenwood Dam2
2021-06-27 10:26Strubendam Bird Sanctuary2
2021-07-11 10:57Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve2
2021-07-11 07:30Eikenhof2
2021-07-11 11:07Meyer's Farm
2021-07-18 09:00Polokwane GR2
2021-07-04 07:18Detweedespruit Conservancy2
2021-06-26 12:39Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve3
2021-07-02 08:59Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve--Ridge Top Drive1
2021-07-11 06:46Wilge River Valley (upper)1
2021-07-09 07:20Kruger NP--Banyini Pan (ltd access)
2021-07-10 07:16Kruger NP--Lanner Gorge (ltd access)
2021-07-17 11:58Bankplaas Road2
2021-07-11 07:16Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2021-07-12 07:46Kruger NP--Crooks Corner
2021-07-17 06:29Liwonde National Park--Mvuu1
2021-06-27 06:18Wild Rivers
2021-07-19 18:56Ngala Private Game Reserve1
2021-07-03 07:40Sterkspruit Road2
2021-07-17 06:51Nelspruit--Mataffin1
2021-07-14 13:37Dulini Private Game Reserve
2021-07-24 07:57Nelspruit Nature Reserve2
2021-07-24 07:14Steiltes Nature Reserve
2021-07-22 08:49Kruger NP--Pretoriuskop Rest Camp1
2021-07-15 13:59Sabi Sand Game Reserve--Kirkmans Kamp1
2021-07-24 10:35Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-07-04 06:35Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp8
2021-07-03 09:30Marloth Park4
2021-06-28 10:17Sani Pass (ZA)--low elevation (First 15km +-Sani Backpackers to ZA Border Post)1
2021-07-24 09:06Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Valley NR1
2021-07-06 17:16Pongola NR2
2021-07-01 12:02Hluhluwe-Imfolozi GR--Mpila Camp1
2021-07-04 14:58Westville Eco Trails1
2021-07-19 06:02Phinda GR
2021-07-05 09:50Nibela Floodplains10
2021-07-03 12:30iSimangaliso WP--False Bay NR6
2021-07-06 12:28Umlalazi NR2