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
2021-05-08 08:53Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Entrance Road2
2021-04-18 16:12Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge1
2021-05-08 07:16Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Waterfall Walk1
2021-04-18 07:26Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Buhoma4
2021-04-29 13:44Gisakura Park Reception-- Ndambarare Trail2
2021-04-30 08:27Nyungwe Forest Lodge1
2021-04-20 14:04Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel Boat Trip1
2021-04-20 12:40Queen Elizabeth II NP--Channel Track2
2021-05-08 07:00Tooro Botanical Gardens1
2021-04-30 14:25Nyungwe NP--Karamba Trail5
2021-05-12 07:00Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Rushaga area trails1
2021-04-28 15:39Ngepi Camp Lodge1
2021-04-28 08:05Rangiro Road2
2021-04-29 07:33Nyungwe NP--Bigugu Trail2
2021-05-08 07:42Kibale NP--Makerere U. Biol. Field Station (Kanyawara) (restricted access)1
2021-05-06 16:59Bwindi-Impenetrable NP--Bamboo Zone2
2021-04-27 08:22Kibale Forest NP--Primate Lodge1
2021-05-08 07:35Kibale Forest NP2
2021-05-10 07:00Bigodi Swamp1
2021-05-01 12:28Camp Kwando2
2021-05-07 13:11Caprivi Houseboat Lodge2
2021-04-25 14:30Entebbe Botanical Garden2
2021-04-24 06:29Uganda Wildlife Education Centre2
2021-05-08 08:11Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site1
2021-05-08 14:19Kaingu Safari Lodge1
2021-05-08 08:42Mabira Forest--Local Community Reserve1
2021-05-08 08:39Mabira Forest1
2021-05-08 04:58andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge2
2021-05-11 16:45Victoria Falls Rain Forest4
2021-05-03 08:45Mount Elgon NP--Research Centre1
2021-05-08 07:28Yala Swamp and Lake Kanyaboli (general)1
2021-05-08 05:49Lochinvar NP1
2021-04-30 07:53Gwassi Hills (Gwassi Hills Forest Reserve)2
2021-05-08 06:05Nsobe Camp1
2021-04-30 06:30Kakamega Forest NR (General)1
2021-05-08 06:28Kakamega Forest NR--Rondo Retreat Lodge1
2021-05-08 07:34Kalimba Reptile Park7
2021-05-08 07:28South Nandi Forest IBA2
2021-05-02 06:26Mulungushi Dam1
2021-05-11 11:24Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)3
2021-05-09 11:02Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2021-05-03 07:10St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)1
2021-05-08 06:37Lower Zambezi NP1
2021-04-25 06:29Lake Nakuru NP--Lion Hill Lodge1
2021-05-08 06:21Mutinondo Wilderness1
2021-05-13 15:27Wondo Genet1
2021-05-14 06:50Hara Langano Lodge3
2021-05-14 09:55Bishangari Lodge1
2021-05-08 00:17Malewa River Lodge2
2021-05-08Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater
2021-05-15 14:42South Luangwa NP
2021-05-08 08:30Brackenhurst2
2021-05-16 11:47Naro Moru River Lodge
2021-05-02 06:45KEFRI Lands, Kikuyu2
2021-05-15 08:00Red Hill, Limuru1
2021-05-08 07:08Mount Kenya Safari Club/William Holden Wildlife Foundation1
2021-05-13 10:13Ololua Ridge/Forest Line Rd.2
2021-05-09 11:13Ngong Forest Sanctuary1
2021-05-02 08:27Langata Giraffe Centre (incl. ravine trail)1
2021-05-15 06:30Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest2
2021-05-08 08:16Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam1
2021-05-08 06:58Nairobi NP2
2021-04-21 06:50Mt. Kenya NP--Castle Forest and Lodge1
2021-05-08 07:05Dandora WTP, Ruai2
2021-05-09 10:47Mwea NR2
2021-05-08 08:02Arusha NP2
2021-05-08 07:24Lake Duluti1
2021-05-08 07:50Danish Forest3
2021-05-08 12:35Satao Elerai Camp1
2021-05-12 08:05Outward Bound School and surrounds1
2021-05-16 08:07Mandegee farm1
2021-05-08 08:27Dzalanyama Forest Reserve1
2021-04-19 11:00Kilombero Nature Reserve--Ndundulu Forest3
2021-05-08West Usambara Mountains--Lushoto (town)
2021-05-08 06:19Nyanga NP6
2021-05-11 08:06Aberfoyle Lodge7
2021-05-08 12:27Pungwe River bridge2
2021-05-08 18:21Katiyo Tea Estate1
2021-05-08 06:30Shimba Hills NR5
2021-05-15 15:12Kruger NP--Sandpit (Limited Access)1
2021-05-08 15:46Arabuko-Sokoke Forest1
2021-05-08 13:30Msambweni--Mukurumudzi River and Estuary2
2021-04-25 09:30Mtwapa--Ngamani2
2021-05-08 13:31Mikimba Swamp1
2021-05-08 06:26Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail1
2021-05-13 06:06Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service4
2021-04-29 07:55Mwamba Field Study Centre
2021-05-08 05:00Majete Game Reserve2
2021-05-08 06:12Tana Delta--Kalota1
2021-04-30 07:50Lowveld National Botanical Gardens
2021-05-07 11:18Nelspruit Nature Reserve2
2021-04-24 06:55Steiltes Nature Reserve
2021-05-08 06:30Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp
2021-05-08 07:26Karkloof--Benvie Farm6
2021-05-12 11:22Hilton--Doreen Clark NR6
2021-05-08 06:23Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast
2021-05-08 12:42Eshowe--Dlinza Forest1
2021-05-08 07:00Pennington--Umdoni Park1
2021-05-15 16:00Dunes de Dovela2