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Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by salamanda » Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:03 pm

Definitely not an expert Pumbaa but what about juv amethyst?

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Re: Sunbird: Amethyst (Black Sunbird)

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:22 pm

Last year I noticed a male Amethyst sunbird active around a complete nest and watched for a week or so to see if any breeding activities were evident. Then, one stormy night the nest got blown off and that was that.

This morning I noticed some movement in the same White Stinkwood and lo-and-behold, the nest was back on exactly the same branch. At 4m high I will have to think a bit about getting good shots of this pair. I saw the male bird hanging around in the general vicinity, but HE wasn't building the nest... Only the female bird brought and added nesting material to the nest. I watched this onesided labouring a little amazed wondering why the male only looked on, not contributing to the nest-building. Some research was called for...

Hmmm... Apparently the male Amethyst sunbird is a real chauvinist! He keeps territorial vigil and may contribute a little to feeding the fledged chicks. Other than that he is ornamental!
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