Winter is just around the corner and with it brings an explosion of flowers, amongst which is one of Gondwana’s most common protea species, the bearded protea. Along with the flowering Proteas come the Cape Sugarbird, an endemic species to the region.
Several Sugarbirds have already made their migration down from the higher altitude areas where they spend the summer months in search of food. Towards the coastal parts of the Western Cape, they will spend the winter months enjoying the bounty that the proteas provide. The male Cape Sugarbird boasts elongated tail feathers which they display in order to attract females. Many males with their long tails are seen chasing each other, displaying their long tales while perched on a protea or battling it out amongst each other for the best territory. These males are highly territorial and move quickly to claim territories before the full onset of the protea bloom in mid winter. The Cape Sugar Bird Delights us with their calls and aerial displays.