The Variable Sunbird (Nectarinia venusta) is also called the Yellow-Bellied Sunbird. It is a small bird from eastern Africa.
The Variable Sunbird has an iridescent green head and upperparts, with a purple chest and yellow belly. Its beak is long, downward curved, and grey.
It grows to 11 centimetres (4.5 inches).
It prefers forests and woodlands, as well as marshes, gardens and parks. It feeds on flower nectar.
The Variable Sunbird builds an oval hanging nest, made of grass, leaves, and flowers. The nest is held together by spider webs. Females lay two eggs in the nest.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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