Jon Abbot sent thesebeautiful photos of a “baby Malachite sunbird which could hardly fly and was still being fed by its parents”. While it was waiting for its main meal it helped itself to the nectar from the bottle brush( Callistemon) in his garden.
Malachite sunbirds are distributed throughout most of South Africa through to Ethiopia. They are usually solitary except when breeding, feeding on nectar,especially from Leonotis, aloes, proteas, Kniphofia and Watsonia, and insects and spiders. They are conspicuous and aggressive, often chasing other sunbirds. The young birds remain in the nest for 18-21 days, being fed by both parents with the young returning to roost in their home nest for 1-2 nights after they first leave home.
Source: Robert’s Birds of Southern Africa by Gordon Lindsay Maclean.