Sue Stovell

by Susan Stovell
(Table View , Cape Town , South Africa)

Hi

I stay in Table View Cape town.
The little chick that I have seen is been fed by a male and female Double Collar Lesser Sunbird. I first saw the chick on its own and thought, from its colour that it was a baby Cardinal Woodpecker. When I saw it again it was been fed by the sunbirds, over and over, it also peeped non stop and became very excited when they arrived back.
The male and female's head fitted into the mouth of the baby and it just looked to big to be theirs, the beck is also not long and curved like a sunbirds beck. It is a longish beck as you can see from the pictures.
I do hope you can help id the little chap, I have searched the internet but can't find anything that will help.
Thank
SUE

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Mar 13, 2013
Here is what I think . . . NEW
by: GaryE

Hi Sue!

First off I did an image search for cardinal woodpecker . . . I can not find an image that looks anything like your bird.

The fact that the Double Collar Lesser Sunbird is feeding a bird which is clearly not their off-spring (it is what 2 or 3 times their size) means to me that some bird laid its egg in the Double Collar Lesser Sunbird's nest and left it for the Sunbird's to raise (the type of birds that do this are called brood parasites).

Now I have no handy resources for South African birds so I really can not be of much help. But I do think it is very clearly a brood parasite . . . so I googled "South African brood parasite" and came up with this list:

http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/brood-parasitism-host-lists

From here I would suggest that you either . . . research each of those birds and compare them to your bird (careful not all listed are from the African continent) or see if you can contact the author of that site (field museum) and see if they are willing to help with an identification.

Good Luck! Please let us know if you figure it out. It is a very attractive bird and I would love to know what it is.

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