Appearance Marico Sunbirds are small, 5" (12cm) birds with black, decurved bill and legs. The eyes are dark brown. The male has a glossy coppery-gold-green head, throat, mantle and rump. His wings and tail are black. He has two glossy breast-bands, blue above and deep red below. His underparts are dark grey. The female has brownish-grey upperparts and pale yellow underparts with dark streaks on breast and belly. Her black tail is tipped and edged with white.
Habits Marico Sunbirds are usually seen in pairs, occasionally solitary. The female builds a pear-shaped nest and lays approximately 2 eggs which she solely incubates for 14 days.
Diet Marico Sunbirds are primarily nectar feeders. They also take insects; termites, flies, spiders and caterpillars etc;
Resident Marico Sunbirds are seen in central and west Kenya. It readily visits residential gardens with flowers and commonly seen in dry, open bush areas and savanna with low rainfall, below 1,300 metres. Most common in Maralal, Laikipia, Samburu, Machakos, Meru and Nairobi.
Extra Marico Sunbird Facts Marico Sunbirds have a variety of chattering calls "see~see~seesee~cheep~cheep" sometimes interspered with "chik~chik".
Photographs Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.