- any of various small, brilliantly colored Old World birds of the family Nectariniidae.
Origin of sunbird
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The immunity of the sunbird is due chiefly to the inaccessibility of the nest.Glimpses of Indian Birds
Great is the variety of building material used by the sunbird.A Bird Calendar for Northern India
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
- 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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