South African Dutch, DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch, transferred use of Dutch suikervogel humming bird (suiker sugar + vogel bird).
1.Either of two species of bird of the Promeropidae, Promerops cafer or P. gurneyi, in colour brown, white, and rufous, and with long tails and long, slender, curved beaks; sunbird.
In G.L. Maclean’s Roberts' Birds of Sn Afr. (1993), the name ‘Cape sugarbird’ is used for P. cafer, and ‘Gurney’s sugarbird’ for P. gurneyi. These two species together constitute the family Promeropidae.
1798Lady A. Barnard inLord LindsayLives of Lindsays (1849) III. 408I began to collect my Cape trifles for my friends at home, — some beautiful loories,..some plumes of the sugar-bird’s tail, which is long and elegantly formed at the season of the year.
1804R. PercivalAcct of Cape of G.H. 101The sugar bird appears here with a very large bill, and the tongue extending a great way out of its mouth, yet not thicker than a knitting needle. This instrument these birds thrust into the flowers and extracts the sweets.
1905W.L. Sclater inFlint & GilchristScience in S. Afr. 139The longtailed Sugar birds (Promerops), two species of which are generally recognised, form a distinct family, the range of which is confined to South Africa.
c1911S. PlayneCape Col. 549A bird which is peculiar to South Africa is the Longtailed Sugar Bird, two distinct species of which have been recognised...The Cape Longtailed Sugar Bird (Promerops cafer) is very common about the slopes of Table Mountain.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 18The Sugar-Birds, called Zuiker-vogels by the Boers — a name shared by the Sunbirds — are also real friends of the farmer, for although subsisting largely on nectar sucked from the flowers of protea bushes and other blooms, they feed extensively on various insects.
1936E.L. GillFirst Guide to S. Afr. Birds 37The Natal Sugarbird, Promerops gurneyi..has a shorter tail than the Cape species and is much redder on the crown, throat and breast.
1965H. StokesWhat Bird Is That? 63Sugarbird (Long-Tailed)...This decorative bird is peculiar to South Africa. Wherever there are Protea bushes, you are likely to see this distinctive bird.
1968G. CroudaceSilver Grass 64Sugar birds broke their dancing flight above the proteas only to plunge their beaks into the sweet heart of the blooms.
1976W. Héfer inOptimaVol.26No.2, 46The home of..the Cape francolin;..the long-tailed sugar bird; and the malachite sunbird.
1983K.B. NewmanNewman’s Birds 388Gurney’s Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi...Occurs on eastern mountain slopes where proteas or aloes are flowering...Cape Sugarbird...The song is a series of jumbled metallic, grating churring notes.
1986Weekend Argus 9 Aug. (Suppl.) 4Brightly coloured sunbirds (orange-breasted, malachite and lesser double-collared) and the Cape sugarbird are common.
1992D.M. Richardson inAfr. WildlifeVol.46No.2, 210Starlings feed enthusiastically on the nectar of the shrub Protea repens, much to the annoyance of the native Cape sugarbirds.
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