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Scarlet tuffed Malachite Sunbird

Malachite sunbird

The scarlet tufted malachite sunbird lives in E. Zaire, W. Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya. Their habitat is in the mountains. The size of the male is about 25.5-30.5 cm long or 10-12 inches. Females are a lot smaller, they are about 14-15 cm or 5 1/2-6 inches.

These birds mainly eat insects such as flies and bugs. The female makes the nest out of young roots, dried stems and other soft things. The nest is oval and she will lay 1 to 2 eggs in it.

  • These birds are greenish-grey in colour with black wing feathers and tail.
  • The tail is short but it has two long feathers at the end.
  • This bird has also two red fluffy balls on each side of the wings.
  • The scientific name for this bird is Nectarinia johnstoni.

Test your knowledge

Your tasks:

1. Obtain a library book that has good pictures of the scarlet tufted malachite sunbird. After you have studied one of the pictures try to draw it in one corner on a blank piece of paper. Leave enough room for a small write-up.

2. Make some fact boxes about the scarlet tufted malachite sunbird. Alternatively you can try to locate this bird information on a web site and obtain your facts from there or use the facts written above.

3. Also you can locate where these birds live on an atlas and draw a map showing there dispersion area.



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