Sweet Nectar -(Cinnyris dussumieri)   Leave a comment

Seychelles Sunbird sucking nectar_sRGB.jpg

This is the male Seychelles Sunbird (Cinnyris dussumieri), one of the dozen or so endemic birds of Seychelles. Sunbirds, found in India, are usually quite colourful, so to that extent this bird looks quite sun-burnt 🙂

They were abundant throughtout Mahe and seem to have adapted well to the man made changes to its environment. The female of the species is lot more brownish and lacks the glittering violet patch on its throat. These birds have a long downward curving beak, that are ideal for sucking nectar from flowers, like in this picture.








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