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Purple Sunbird(female) Nesting -


The Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small sunbird. Like other sunbirds they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. They have a fast and direct flight and can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird but often perch at the base of flowers. The males appear all black except in some lighting when the purple iridescence becomes visible. Females are olive above and yellowish below.

The nest is a pouch made of cobwebs, thin strips of vegetation, lichens and bark. The entrance hole on the side is often shaded by a overhanging projection. The nest is built almost entirely by the female. The nest material is not woven and most of it is held together by cobwebs. About five to ten days may be taken in the building of the nest. The inner cavity is expanded by the bird by openings its wing and turning around on the inside. In Sri Lanka and in southern India, it has been noted to nest by making use of the webbing made by colonial spiders, Stegodyphus sarasinorum (Eresidae). Two eggs are usually laid. The nest is usually suspended from a low branch, often of thorny plants.

Note : Nesting Video is taken with extreme care and caution. Video is taken from a very safe distance without causing any disturbance to the bird family. Due to criticism on the proper implementation of care guidelines during nesting photography, I as a wildlife Photographer and lover do not promote this and recommends to avoid nesting photography. Intention here is just for information sharing and Educational Purpose.



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