At first appearing black and it’s not until the light hit his plumage you see the stunning combination of iridescent green and purple

At first seeming entirely black, it is only when the light hits the plumage that green and maroon iridescent spots show!

The amethyst sun bird (Chalcomitra amethystina), sometimes known as the black sun bird, is a species of passerine bird in the Nectariniidae group.

At first appearing black and it’s not until the light hit his plumage you see the stunning combination of iridescent green and purple

A reproductive dichromatic species, which means that the male and female have varied plumage colors.

The male measures around 14 cm in length and has black plumage with a mint green forecrown.

He also has iridescent red to purple neck and shoulder patches that make him stand out.

The female has dark brown feathers with a light yellow breast and belly striped with brown. This bird is indigenous to the Afrotropics, primarily near the equator.

At first appearing black and it’s not until the light hit his plumage you see the stunning combination of iridescent green and purple

The Amethyst sunbird favors coastal evergreen woods and extensive valley bushveld, but it will occasionally wander into dry open woodlands.

These birds will travel great distances to visit nectar-bearing vegetation such as Aloe.

If given the chance, they will also take beetles and spiders. From September through February, these birds breed.

The female constructs an oval-shaped nest out of lichen, grasses, stalks, and bark cemented together and with spider web.

At first appearing black and it’s not until the light hit his plumage you see the stunning combination of iridescent green and purple

It is firmly connected to a drooping limb of a tree, shrub, or creeper, which is normally 2-6 meters above the ground.

The female lays 1-3 gray eggs, which she incubates for 13-18 days on her own.

The female primarily feeds the chicks, which fledge 14-18 days after development and become autonomous one week later.

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