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
2020-08-30 07:17Kibale Forest NP--Primate Lodge1
2020-09-09 10:19Kibale Forest NP1
2020-09-19 08:21Bigodi Swamp1
2020-08-29 07:40Bigodi Community Walk1
2020-09-08 17:45Echuya Forest Reserve2
2020-09-19 06:52Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)8
2020-09-02 08:16Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2020-09-03 13:52Maasai Mara NR--Governor's Camp
2020-09-11 16:30KEFRI Lands, Kikuyu1
2020-09-21 12:44Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest3
2020-09-20 16:33Karura Forest, Muthaiga9
2020-08-28 08:16Nairobi NP1
2020-08-31 08:40Mandegee farm1
2020-09-03 07:34Wilderness NP--Half-collared Kingfisher trail1
2020-09-03 15:14Kruger NP--Makwadzi (ltd access)
2020-09-20 10:40Mtwapa--Ngamani
2020-09-13 07:12Diani/Ukunda (general)2
2020-09-01 09:50Kruger NP--Punda Maria Camp
2020-09-02 10:25Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service9
2020-09-01 12:25Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2020-09-02 16:12Kruger NP--Crooks Corner
2020-09-05 07:19Swadini Forever Resort2
2020-09-18 07:30Zuurbron farm2
2020-08-29 09:12Nelspruit--Mataffin2
2020-08-29 13:22Lowveld National Botanical Gardens--Bridge6
2020-09-21 17:44Nelspruit Nature Reserve
2020-09-09 06:20Steiltes Nature Reserve11
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 Gorge1
2020-09-07 05:47Dombeya Game Reserve2
2020-09-21 12:02Queen Elizabeth Park1
2020-08-28 06:15Eshowe - Dlinza Forest2
2020-09-05 11:30Umhlanga Lagoon NR
2020-08-27 10:03Harold Johnson NR3
2020-09-01 10:33Phinda GR1
2020-09-05 09:48Ngoye Forest1
2020-09-10 06:00Kuleni Conservancy2
2020-08-27 06:41Mtunzini (general area)
2020-09-11 07:00St Lucia - iGwalagwala Trail2
2020-09-05 11:00Dunes de Dovela2