Sunbird, sunbirds

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***** Location: India
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Sunbirds are small birds and look something like the humming birds. Their flight is like darts. They usually feed on nectar and some of them hover like humming birds as well.

Vidur Jyoti


The sunbirds and spiderhunters are very small passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings.

The sunbirds have counterparts in two very distantly related groups: the hummingbirds of the Americas and the honeyeaters of Australia. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution due to the similar nectar-feeding lifestyle. Most sunbird species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed.
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violet backed sunbird
black-bellied sunbird

source : Arthur Morris / BIRDS AS ART
Variable Sunbird, Elsamere, Lake Naivasha, Kenya

windy evening--
a sunbird flying up
in the sky

Sophia Kathambi


The sunbird can stay perfectly still in the air by fluttering its wings, and its hooked beak is ideal for drinking the nectar from flowers.

I recently observed it enjoying the neighbours' aloe flowers --

red aloe flowers --
a black sunbird sipping them
one by one

sunbird --
for a moment, it stops
to preen itself

Isabelle Prondzynski


another bird from Kenya

Red- billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala
Blue-billed Firefinch
African Firefinch Lagonosticta rubricata

a tiny reddish bird, usually arriving in a little group, and looking for grass seeds and the like.

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Things found on the way


Vidurbird 02

alone at dawn
by my bougainvillea
a sunbird calls

Vidurbird 01

Vidur Jyoti, October 2008
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