Zoo rears splendid 
sunbird chick

A male splendid sunbird at the San Diego Zoo, showing how the species got its name. (photo by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Global)

Zoo rears splendid sunbird chick

A splendid sunbird chick that hatched on July 21 has been successfully reared at San Diego Zoo’s Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks Aviary, a first for this tiny African species at the Zoo.

The chick is a male, denoted by dark coloration on his throat. His parents are the only pair of their species in a zoo in the United States.

To call them “splendid” is not just a matter of opinion, it’s part of their common name. The splendid sunbird gets its name from the lustrous plumage of adult males. These nectar-and-insect eaters are similar to hummingbirds, but are found only in Africa. The mother and chick can be seen at the Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks Aviary, along with their intricate sac-like nest, constructed of plant fibers and spiderwebs.

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Photos by Ken Bohn and Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Global.

The splendid sunbird chick, being fed by its mother in the San Diego Zoo’s Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks Aviary. (photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Global)
The male splendid sunbird chick at the San Diego Zoo. (photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Global)

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