Scarlet Chested Sunbird

Scientific Name:
Sporopipes squamifrons
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Scarlet Chested Sunbird

The Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis), also known as the Scarlet-chested Sunbird, is a species of sunbird found in sub-Saharan Africa.


Scarlet-chested Sunbirds inhabit a variety of habitats, including woodlands, savannas, shrublands, and gardens. They are often found in areas with flowering plants, where they can feed on nectar and insects. These sunbirds are commonly seen in both natural and human-modified landscapes, including forest edges, riverine habitats, and suburban areas with suitable vegetation.


Scarlet-chested Sunbirds are small birds, measuring approximately 11 to 13 centimeters (4.3 to 5.1 inches) in length. They have a slender body, a long, curved bill, and relatively long wings. Their plumage is predominantly iridescent green on the upperparts and bright scarlet on the chest and upper breast, with contrasting black markings on the face and wings. Females have a duller plumage with grayish-brown underparts. Best Viewing The best places to view Scarlet-chested Sunbirds are in their native habitats within sub-Saharan Africa. Look for them in woodlands, savannas, and gardens with flowering plants, where they can be seen feeding on nectar from flowers. These sunbirds are often observed perched on branches or hovering near flowers while foraging for food. During the breeding season, males may perform elaborate courtship displays to attract mates.