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|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 find 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.
The sunbirds are tropical species, with representatives from Africa to Australasia; the greatest variety of species is in Africa, where the group probably arose. Most species are sedentary or short-distance seasonal migrants.
Like the hummingbirds, they are strongly sexually dimorphic, with the males usually brilliantly plumaged in metallic colours. Sunbirds have long thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding. Up to three eggs are laid in a purse-shaped suspended nest.
This photo was taken through a window, when i aw the bird sitting on the branches of a near by tree. I could manage only two snaps before it flew off.
The photo was taken with Nikon D 80/ Nikkor 80-400D ED AF VR, hand held.The photo was slightly cropped and sharpened using CS.
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a very good focus for this one
bravo in french
Beautiful picture of a Small Sunbird (Nectarinia Minima). The crimson-brown lower rump confirms the identity of this cute female. You captured all the key characteristics of this bird. Colors look very true and beautiful. Excellent sharpness for a handheld shot.
I believe, this is Thenkili in Malayalam.
This is a very good picture for a hand held shot and i love the colors of this female Sunbird.
BTW congratulations on your painting exhibition. I wish i could have witnessed it.
- [2007-10-03 8:41]
A good shot.
I would like to have a try like this..
Always a wish :)
Wish you a great day.