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
2020-11-08 07:34Wulki Farm4
2020-11-14 07:52Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--"stingless bee center" forest patch3
2020-11-01 06:05Sangha Lodge1
2020-11-01 07:00Mikeno Lodge and trail system, Virunga National Park2
2020-11-14 08:16Cuckooland Tented Lodge2
2020-10-31 06:46Kibale Guest Cottages1
2020-11-27 08:29Kibale Forest NP2
2020-11-14 06:34Kibale Forest Camp1
2020-11-20 09:47Bigodi Community Walk2
2020-11-07 06:00Akagera NP (southern area)
2020-10-30 14:59Nkima Forest Lodge4
2020-11-15 09:24Entebbe Botanical Garden1
2020-11-14 06:30Kakamega Forest NR--Rondo Retreat Lodge
2020-11-21 05:49Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)3
2020-11-21 08:00Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle2
2020-11-25 10:20Naretoi2
2020-11-15 06:49Mara Training Centre
2020-11-14 07:18Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge3
2020-11-12 16:33Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lodoare Gate1
2020-10-30 08:12Karen Country Club2
2020-11-08 10:10Ololua Forest and Nature Trail
2020-11-01 12:59Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)2
2020-11-04 05:46Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge1
2020-10-31 11:12Meru (Imenti) Forest5
2020-11-18 08:17Arusha NP2
2020-11-20 06:21Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge4
2020-11-21 07:00Piesang Valley and Estuary1
2020-11-06 15:07Outward Bound School and surrounds1
2020-11-11 07:59Mandegee farm1
2020-11-10 15:40Tsavo West NP--Ngulia Lodge2
2020-11-17 07:16Voi (general)1
2020-11-17 15:11Blyde River Canyon Resort
2020-11-16 06:36East Usambara Mountains--Amani Nature Reserve4
2020-11-17 07:31East Usambara Mountains--Kihuhwi-Sigi Forest Reserve2
2020-11-28 06:30Mt. Thyolo--Satemwa Tea Estate1
2020-11-19 05:30Hazyview--Kruger Park Lodge2
2020-11-08 18:24Lowveld National Botanical Gardens2
2020-11-21 10:10Nelspruit Nature Reserve2
2020-11-18 11:46Shimba Hills NR--Shimba Hills Lodge4
2020-11-20 08:56Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
2020-11-20 06:12Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service
2020-11-13 07:26Pugu Hills Nature Centre3
2020-11-24 18:53Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
2020-11-21 07:00Jozani Chwaka Bay NP
2020-11-06 04:30Kruger NP--Lower Sabie Rest Camp2
2020-10-31 06:37Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve6
2020-11-27 05:30Sand River Reservoir2
2020-10-30 08:42Doreen Clark NR6
2020-11-05 14:21Makaranga Lodge
2020-11-13 13:56Pennington - Umdoni Park1
2020-11-15 05:24Mount Moreland IBA1
2020-11-03 07:16Mkhuze GR (please be more specific)3
2020-11-02 08:22Mkhuze GR - Nsumo Pan3
2020-11-12 09:00Phinda GR
2020-11-02 16:22Mtunzini (general area)
2020-10-31 05:19Bonamanzi GR1
2020-11-14 06:53Unguana3
2020-11-14 18:25Morrungulo3
2020-11-25 15:14Dunes de Dovela2