“Sunbird ecology and conservation” by Dr Anina Coetzee

Happening on the 13th May 2019

Dr Anina Coetzee will deliver a fascinating talk entitled “Sunbird ecology and conservation”.

Anina studied at Stellenbosch University, where she was introduced to the fascinating fynbos. She combines her interests in bird and plant ecology through her research on bird-pollination. She is currently based at the University of Cape Town as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research investigates the dependence between sunbirds and flowers and their conservation.

She tested the effect of sunbird behaviour on flower evolution through field experiments and developed models to investigate the role that pollination plays in structuring Proteaceae communities. With the use of bird atlas data and through questionnaires Anina determined the availability of resources for nectar-feeding birds at landscape scale and within urban areas and how the birds respond to this. This formed part of her doctoral thesis that was done under the guidance of Prof Anton Pauw and Dr Phoebe Barnard (SANBI). For her post-doctoral fellowship at the Fitz she is currently investigating the influence of sunbird pollinators and land use chance on flower colour polymorphisms in the Erica genus.
This is certainly a talk not be missed by birding and botanical enthusiasts alike.

VENUE: The community hall at Mollergren Park, Main Road, Hermanus. DATE: Monday 13 May. TIME: 18:30 for 19:00. COSTS: We will cater at R 110.00 per head and charge R 30.00 if you only attend the talk. Remember to bring your own drinks and glasses. RSVP: Helé at at or sms at 073 456 0393.

Orange-breasted Sunbird at Fernkloof - Image by Anton
Southern Doucle-collared Sunbird in Onrus garden - Image by Anton














Cape Sugarbird on Brunia stokou at Rooiels - Image by Carin Malan



Another Orange-breasted Sunbird in Fernkloof - Image by Anton








Dr Anina Coetzee






Southern Double-collared Sunbird at feeder - Image by Anja Minnaar







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