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
2020-09-13 09:45Hillside Dams
2020-08-28 06:28Marataba Lodge4
2020-08-29 07:30Pilanesberg NP--Mankwe Dam2
2020-09-05 06:28Marakele NP1
2020-08-29 08:21Monnakato village--rural bush south of1
2020-09-06 06:20Cleveland Dam/Haka Game Park4
2020-09-05 07:08Borakalalo NP8
2020-09-08 08:25Entabeni Nature Reserve1
2020-09-18 06:14Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden1
2020-09-17 06:33Parys area1
2020-09-18 16:27Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve2
2020-09-18 10:33Golden Harvest Park2
2020-09-06 11:30Duiker Ave1
2020-09-13 06:45Uitvlugt Road
2020-08-21 07:14Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve4
2020-09-13 09:30Faerie Glen Nature Reserve1
2020-09-13 06:06Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve1
2020-08-28 12:17Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2020-08-30 07:28Mkhombo Nature Reserve1
2020-09-11 05:30Detweedespruit--Eastern side4
2020-09-12 10:18Mabusa Nature Reserve2
2020-09-05 14:35Loskop Dam Nature Reserve2
2020-09-03 15:14Kruger NP--Makwadzi (ltd access)
2020-09-01 09:50Kruger NP--Punda Maria Camp
2020-09-01 12:25Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2020-09-02 07:02Kruger NP--Reedbuckvlei (restricted access)
2020-09-02 16:12Kruger NP--Crooks Corner
2020-09-07 07:55Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp
2020-09-05 07:19Swadini Forever Resort7
2020-08-29 09:12Nelspruit--Mataffin3
2020-09-16 06:43White River
2020-08-29 13:22Lowveld National Botanical Gardens--Bridge4
2020-09-15 16:23Nelspruit Nature Reserve3
2020-09-09 06:20Steiltes Nature Reserve7
2020-09-18 05:50Mala-Mala Game Reserve5
2020-09-02 07:00Kruger NP--Skukuza-Nkuhlu Road/H4-1
2020-09-02 09:00Kruger NP--Lower Sabie-Nkuhlu Road (H4-1)
2020-08-30 10:00Mahamba Gorge2
2020-08-20 16:05Komatipoort2
2020-09-07 05:47Dombeya Game Reserve8
2020-08-21 06:46Coopersdal
2020-08-29 07:10Albert Falls NR2
2020-09-11 11:03Bisley Valley NR2
2020-08-28 12:15Entumeni NR1
2020-08-22 06:32Manyoni GR - Mavela GL3
2020-09-05 11:30Umhlanga Lagoon NR
2020-08-21 15:30Hluhluwe-Imfolozi GR - Hilltop Camp
2020-09-01 10:33Phinda GR8
2020-09-10 06:00Kuleni Conservancy2