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Length 23-29 cm (9-11Â½ in); tail 10-17 cm, mass 32-38 g, males larger than females, with longer tails.
Montane scrub with Protea, Aloe and Strelitzia species. Frequents Protea farms.
Solitary or in pairs, with groups at rich food sources. Aggressive, especially to others of the same species, and to Malachite Sunbirds.
Feeds on nectar (especially that of Protea species), arthropods, and some pollen.
Moves locally up to 37 km in response to flowering of food plants.
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