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There are two varieties of Sunbirds that frequent my garden, the Purple-rumped Sunbird and the Loten’s Sunbird. The first few times I saw these birds flitting past I thought they were huge butterflies. Imagine my surprise when I found they were actually tiny birds.

“The (Sunbird) 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 iridescent colours (from Wiki) as you can see from the pictures below.

Purple-rumped Sunbird (Male)

Purple-rumped Sunbird (Female)

Loten’s Sunbird (Male)

Loten’s Sunbird (Female)

Aren’t they the cutest? For more pictures click here.

NaBloPoMo November 2013