The Gurney’s Sugarbird is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Promeropidae bird family group which includes birds such as Sugarbirds.
The Gurney’s Sugarbird is known in Afrikaans as Rooiborssuikervoel
The Gurney’s Sugarbird is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.
The Gurney’s Sugarbird has a height of 29 cms and weighs around 23 gms. The head is coloured grey, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Promerops gurneyi has a brown coloured throat, black legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.
Take note of the main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size. Colours of body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts using some other word … for example brown, black. Head is grey, brown Eyes are brown Bill is black Legs are black Throat is brown Back is grey
The Gurney’s Sugarbird is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage
The Promerops gurneyi attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten
This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .
The bird also drinks nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy.
Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits …
The Gurney’s Sugarbird is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 2 eggs and they are coloured brown.
The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.
This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests
Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally …
The Gurney’s Sugarbird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.
It is also seen in flocks