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Sunbirds #4

The females of all the Sunbird species look very similar...they are not as showy as the males, but are elegant and lovely, and less fearful.

 

The top picture is of a female Purple Sunbird, and the lower picture is of a female Brown-throated Sunbird.

 

Sunbird

Sunbirds #4

The females of all the Sunbird species look very similar...they are not as showy as the males, but are elegant and lovely, and less fearful.

 

The top picture is of a female Purple Sunbird, and the lower picture is of a female Brown-throated Sunbird.

 

Sunbird

comments (14)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 22 Feb 2018, 00:08
Tu as de la chance d'avoir tous ces beaux oiseaux dans ton jardin.
Ray: Nous plantons des arbustes à fleurs odorantes pour attirer les oiseaux, Martine, et ça semble fonctionner.
Looks like it's taking a sip... smile
Ray: A sipper...not a guzzler...Larry.

More sipping, on-the-wing, tomorrow.
Elegant was the word that sprung into my mind as soon as the top photo opened! Not just the bird, but the pose you've captured!
Ray: That word seems to summarise the different behaviour of the females compared to the males, Elizabeth.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Feb 2018, 06:30
Do you have problems IDing the females, Ray?
Ray: I was already familiar with the Purple female, Lisl, so was able to pick the few differences between it and the Brown-throated [red eyes, slightly bigger bird, a tinge of gold in the wing feathers].
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Feb 2018, 07:04
They are lovely graceful and elegant birds
Ray: They are as you say, Chris.
Que c'est beau !
Tes photos sont vraiment magnifiques Merci !!
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Les Sunbirds sont des sujets merveilleux, Claudine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Feb 2018, 07:39
She is very elegant looking Ray.
Ray: I like the female Sunbirds a lot, Chad.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Feb 2018, 07:45
Her eyes match the colour of the flower. I like the colour of her breast.
Ray: The Brown-throated Sunbird has attractive red eyes, but the Purple's are black, Alan.
They are a delight Ray
Ray: Lovely critters and a delight to host, Bill.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Feb 2018, 07:47
I find the female sunbird showy with her yellow breast.
Ray: She is very attractive, Philine.
The birds seem delicate. We are getting a great look at that shrub too.
Ray: Very small, and lightly built, Mary.
Lovely birds.
Ray: I love having them in the garden where I can observe them any time I like, Tom.
they are beautiful birds just the same even the females Ray....petersmile
Ray: I like the females a lot, Peter.
They do look very similar.
Ray: Just small differences...like red eyes or black...Brian.

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