December 2013: Cape Sugarbird

Cape Sugar Bird Strandveld Vineyards

“Hello Everyone.

My name is Sugar and I’m addicted to the nectar in pincushions.

I keep an eye on all the workings at Strandveld Vineyards. While they imbibe wine, I stick to nectar though I do hear that their wine can be described as nectar of the gods…”

The Cape Sugarbird is one of six bird species endemic to the fynbos biome of the Western Cape, Wikipedia informs us.

Also that the main flight feathers of this bird are arranged in such a way that when the bird beats its wings, a frrt-frrt sound is made with the intention of attracting females.

I suppose the frrt-frrt sound is the sugar bird’s way of serenading the females in the vicinity.

Post compiled by Ilse Zeitsman and Sharon Brink