ERYTHRINA CAFFRA

The first blossoms of the Erythrina caffra (commonly known as a Coral Tree) are beginning to appear amid the bright green foliage. Soon the latter will turn yellow and brittle into brown before floating to the ground, leaving the tree covered in these scarlet blossoms, which in their turn help to cheer up the cold weeks of winter.

Erythrina caffra

Already the Black Sunbirds are vying with the Village Weavers for the sweet nectar. As the number of flowers increase, the trees will attract Redwinged Starlings, Speckled Mousebirds, Blackheaded Orioles, Blackcollared Barbets, African Green Pigeons along with Greater Doublecollared Sunbirds, Malachite Sunbirds and many other birds.

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