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Sunbirds

Moiz Ismaili [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]

Sunbirds are small birds visiting our garden regularly. They are so small that the home pigeons appear bigger in front of them. They make some lovely sounds but their sounds immediately attract crows for a wrong reason. The crows drive them away at times. Sunbirds are not secretive but it is very difficult to take a picture of them. So I had to borrow someone else’s image from net.

The smallest of Sunbirds can be as light as 5 grams in weight. Their size is close to that of a large insect or a butterfly. Yet they look like proper birds in shape thanks to their well formed bill, wings and tail. They can build nests using just a broad leaf. The ones in our place make woven cups to the underside of large leaves as nests.

  • Have you seen a Sunbird?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What do you do when you see a beautiful bird?

    • Just enjoy its beauty.
    • Take a picture.

What do you think?

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Written by MohanBabu

I am a marketing professional from India holding a postgraduate degree in management. My interests include travel, sports, astronomy, health, gardening, and photography.

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  1. I love sunbirds, I was so excited to see the picture of the sunbird. I hoped that it was yours. They sing so sweetly in the morning and that is the music I wake up to. I have some pictures of the sunbirds. I have been planning to post them here but invariably end up posting something else.
    That is a lovely picture of my favorite tree the jacaranda and one of my favorite birds. 😀

    • Sadly I have never photohraphed one. I have made a bad video but you would need a telescope to spot the bird inside. It was such a hopeless video. Please post your pictures. Meanwhile, let me see if I get lucky taking a picture myself.

    • It is not a commonplace sight in India either. Only in our new home, we have been spotting these birds but not very often. It is a challenge to spot them because of their size and secretive nature. They make some unique sounds when they arrive and if we are free, we can spot these tiny beauties from a safe distance.

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