Got this little sunbird at the D’villa resort on my last trip to KNP. It was taken using Canon 5DMk3, 300mm lens with X2 convertor.
This female Brown-throated Sunbird can be seen regularly around my house, feeding on fruit (like the rape mango), insect, and nectar. This mother has been very busy these days as she has 2 young chicks to feeds.
Didn’t managed to get a good shot on the male, which is more colorful. Insert below is an image of the male. Copy taken from Wikipedia.
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The Brown-throated Sunbird is a relatively large, heavy sunbird with a thick bill. Measuring some 14 centimetres (5.5 in) in length, it has a mass of 7.4–13.5 g (0.26–0.48 oz), with males averaging slightly larger than females.
Like most sunbirds, the male Brown-throated Sunbird is more colourful than the female. The male has iridescent green and purple upperparts with chestnut on the wing-coverts and scapulars; it is primarily yellow below. The female is olive-green above and yellowish below.
We found this sunbird while making a survey trip to Salut Seafood Restaurant. It was displaying unusual behavior at the mirror of the cars at the parking lots. It seems like wanting to demonstrate its beauty at the mirror or the bright reflective rear of the mirror.
According to the owner of Salut, he has seen this behavior for sometime already. We were very close in shooting its action and it didn’t seem to border about our pleasant. After a while, it seem tired and rest on the reverse-mirror.
This is the commonest sunbird , found in gardons and cultivated areas. Young male has thin black stripe on throat and female has white side tail feathers, a useful distinction from female Brown-throated.