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[suhn-burd] /ˈsʌnˌbɜrd/
any of various small, brilliantly colored Old World birds of the family Nectariniidae.
Origin of sunbird
First recorded in 1790-1800; sun + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The immunity of the sunbird is due chiefly to the inaccessibility of the nest.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Great is the variety of building material used by the sunbird.

  • Scimitar-babblers are so called because of the long, slender, compressed beak, which is curved downwards like that of a sunbird.

  • Loten's sunbird (A. lotenia) ventures some 2500 feet higher, and has been seen in the vicinity of Coonoor.

  • This sunbird was common around flowers at Kalabakan and Brantian Estate.

    Birds from North Borneo

    Max C. Thompson
  • The humming-bird is exclusively American: the nearest form in the Old World is the nectarinia, or sunbird.

  • Hence it might seem that, in the case of the sunbird, the above-mentioned explanation of the sexual dimorphism is the true one.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • sunbird, fly away, fly to my ancestress' house; bring me apples and pears; come back soon.

  • Moreover, a tiny creature such as a sunbird is almost as light as the proverbial feather.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • The nest of the sunbird is one of the most wonderful pieces of architecture in the world, and it is the work of the hen alone.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for sunbird


any small songbird of the family Nectariniidae, of tropical regions of the Old World, esp Africa, having a long slender curved bill and a bright plumage in the males
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