Sun Bird Pune

Sun Bird Pune
The sunbirds and spiderhunters are a family, Nectariniidae, of very small passerine birds. There are 132 species in 15 genera. The family is distributed throughout Africa, southern Asia and just reaches northern Australia. Most sunbirds feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Fruit is also part of the diet of some species. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. The sunbirds have counterparts in two very distantly related groups: the hummingbirds of the Americas and the honeyeaters of Australia. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution due to the similar nectar-feeding lifestyle. Some sunbird species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed. The family ranges in size from the 5-gram Black-bellied Sunbird to the Spectacled Spiderhunter, at about 45 grams. Like the hummingbirds, sunbirds are strongly sexually dimorphic, with the males usually brilliantly plumaged in metallic colours. In addition to this the tails of many species are longer in the males, and overall the males are larger. Sunbirds have long thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding. Wikipedia

Sun Bird colors yellow white blue in Pune
In Marathi Sunbird is called as Suryapakshi  सूर्यपक्षी, शिंजीर
In Hindi Sunbird is called as Shakkar Khora शक्कर खोरा

Sunbird Facts

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Fun Fact: Sunbirds, Hummingbirds -Americas and Honeyeaters -Australia are a very good example of Convergent Evolution. These birds are not closely related but they are very similar to each other in appearance.


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