The collared sunbird, (Hedydipna collaris), is a sunbird. The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Collared sunbird is in fact mainly insectivorous.



Sunbird flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

The collared sunbird is a common breeder across most of sub-Saharan Africa. Two or three eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree. It is a seasonal migrant within its range.

Collared sunbirds are tiny, only 9–10 cm long. They have short thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to nectar feeding.

The adult male has glossy green upperparts and head with a yellow belly and narrow purple breast band. The female is a duller green above and entirely yellow below.

This species is found in forests near water.



Collared Sunbird
Date Location Count
2020-02-05 08:00Abuko NR1
2020-02-04 08:17Diembéring--Ecoparc2
2020-02-03 14:43Forêt de Boukitingo2
2020-02-01 14:45Bonkro Village1
2020-02-03 16:40Ebekawopa (Abrafo) Forest Reserve4
2020-02-02 06:25Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--'farm scrub' habitat1
2020-02-01 06:15Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--"stingless bee center" forest patch5
2020-01-31 15:45Kakum NP--Canopy Walkway & vicinity3
2020-02-01 06:30Kalakpa Resources Reserve1
2020-01-29 06:50Majak Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary2
2020-02-16 06:24American University of Central Africa (AUCA)1
2020-02-10 16:25Grand Hotel Djibloho1
2020-01-23 15:54Nyungwe Forest Lodge
2020-01-30 07:00Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Rushaga area trails1
2020-02-14 13:25Chimpanzee Guesthouse2
2020-02-09 07:05Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Ruhija1
2020-02-15 07:55Kibale Forest NP2
2020-02-08 08:54Bigodi Swamp1
2020-01-31 09:05Budongo Forest Reserve--Royal Mile1
2020-01-31 18:03Murchison Falls NP--Kaniyo Pabidi Forest1
2020-01-28 08:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road2
2020-02-09 07:26Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site1
2020-01-30 09:34Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)2
2020-01-31 07:27Lake Nakuru NP1
2020-01-30 14:30Nyahururu (incl. Thomson's Falls)1
2020-02-15 07:35Brackenhurst4
2020-01-27 07:40Paradise Lost3
2020-02-13 07:21Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest2
2020-02-17 07:21Karura Forest, Muthaiga6
2020-02-15 16:20Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, Marurui1
2020-02-03 08:00Nairobi NP1
2020-01-27 07:18Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge2
2020-02-16 07:45Arusha NP1
2020-02-06 14:31Lake Duluti1
2020-02-17 06:30Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge2
2020-02-10 16:24Simba Farm1
2020-01-30 06:20Luwawa Forest Lodge1
2020-02-11 08:00Hondo Hondo Udzungwa Forest Camp2
2020-01-31 06:32Selous Game Reserve--Roho Ya Selous1
2020-02-04 07:47Selous Game Reserve--Lake Manze1
2020-01-25 06:30Seldomseen1
2020-02-06 09:19Dakatcha Woodlands (Adu area)2
2020-02-08 15:12Buda Dam
2020-01-30 07:12Arabuko-Sokoke Forest1
2020-02-08 07:33Tiwi Swamp
2020-02-08 12:51Msambweni--Mukurumudzi River and Estuary
2020-02-10 09:13Diani--Kaya Kinondo
2020-02-09 06:22Kongo River Estuary @ Tiwi Beach
2020-02-10 10:25Chale Island
2020-01-23 07:44Mikimba Swamp
2020-02-11 09:50Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail1
2020-02-02 08:24Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service2
2020-01-24 07:01Lake Chem Chem
2020-02-01 06:49Mwamba Field Study Centre
2020-02-12 17:24Lower Tana River Delta1
2020-02-07 08:25Sabaki River Estuary
2020-01-25 15:22Kruger NP--Crooks Corner1
2020-01-25 05:20Liwonde National Park--Mvuu3
2020-01-26 06:10Liwonde National Park2
2020-01-24 05:30Zomba Plateau--campsite1
2020-02-15 09:37Jozani Chwaka Bay NP4
2020-02-01 06:55Nelspruit--Lowveld National Botanical Garden2
2020-01-29 05:58Nelspruit Nature Reserve2
2020-02-14 07:20Chole Island1
2020-01-20 15:11Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp1
2020-02-08 13:00Karkloof - Lower Rd1
2020-02-18 06:30Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2020-02-15 06:58Kuleni Conservancy2