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Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

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Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:38 am

Saw no less then three of these birds late yesterday afternoon.

A male, female and a juvenile with a seemingly "tailess" appearance. Is the tailess appearance normal for the young birds? It nearly resembled that of a crombec.

I have to say that I am dissapointed in Sasol 3's illustration of the female and juvenile birds. It makes no mention of the black throat.
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:18 pm

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This female amethyst sunbird is settling down in her nest with three chicks. Amazing to me was the fact that they actually overnight IN the nest with the chicks!

I agree with WTM about the incorrect representation of the dark throat patch one can clearly see here. Newman's looks more like the real thing though...

Have a close-up look at the materials used to construct the nest! It is a jumble of newspaper, raffia, string, bits of plastic. In fact, very little natural material can be discerned in the nest. There is little evidence of weaving in the construction of the nest. The nest seems to be held together by a form of glue. I wonder if nectar could serve this purpose?

We observed the parents feeding the chicks on INSECTS prior to bedding down for the night! Obviously they develop their sweet tooth much later in life!
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Unread postby Elsa » Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:23 pm

That is such an interesting pic of the bird in its nest Johan. :D
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:45 pm

Thanks, Elsa.

Not often one gets such pix opportunity. I kind of abused the privilege a bit, I think. The lady in question did not seem to be concerned though.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:35 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:The nest seems to be held together by a form of glue. I wonder if nectar could serve this purpose?


I know many birds use nature's strongest binding item... spiderweb to keep their nests together with. Perhaps these lil birds do that as well.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Neil Crawford » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:05 pm

Hi heres a Sunbird, which might be an Amethyst? Because there
was a male Amethyst sunbird working the same place, but it doesn't
match up with our pictures in Sasol, any idea?
It was at Oyster bay lodge near Port Elizabeth in February.


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Beefmaster » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:19 pm

Hey Neil,

Dont see whether there's any purple tinge on the throat, so I would ID this as a female Amethyst Sunbird.. Of the other 7 species found there, none look quite so distinctive on the chest. :) Nice photo!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JustJuice » Thu May 28, 2009 12:37 pm

Heres another one :D

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu May 28, 2009 1:18 pm

Bill length and dark throat looks right for Black Sunbird (young male).

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 28, 2009 5:45 pm

I agree with Lizet :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby JustJuice » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:22 pm

Thank you :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst

Unread postby bishop3006 » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:10 pm

Saw today that we have a pair of these nesting in the fir-type tree (never yet made the effort to find out exactly what it is) in the front garden. :clap: Heard them chattering and flying, and then saw the nest high up, must be about 10 meters. So I won't be able to get such a nice photo as Johan's, if at all with my aim-'n-shoot. But one can really see spring is herer with all the birds... :dance: :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tilandi » Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:42 am

Is this an Amethyst Sunbird female. Saw in my garden this morning. North West Stilfontein.
Seems like the same one darth bangkok has. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wingman » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:32 pm

Tilandi female Amethyst Sunbird the eye stripe and lack of white alula(the front lead edge of the wing at the shoulder).


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