Friends in My Garden- 19

Loten’s Sunbird

Loten’s sunbird male

This cute little bird couple is a regular visitor to my garden. They have made a nearby shrub their home.

Its long bill distinguishes Loten’s sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius) from the similar purple sunbird. More over the males have a reddish maroon breast band. I feel, for a layman the easy way to identify a female is when they appear as couple.

Like other sunbirds, it feeds on nectar and small insects. They build characteristic  nests using cobwebs and delicate twigs.

The male bird sings beautifully and the pair keeps on ‘chatting’ while moving around. They are too active and capturing their pictures needs patience.

Male bird among the foliage
Female of the species
She was feeding nectar