Apr 282012

Hummingbird vs Sunbird in India

As mentioned in the earlier post I was able to capture the hummingbird or more accurately the purple sunbird in the camera. 

Why I say Sunbird is that Hummingbirds are only naturally found in the Americas, what we have in India are Sunbirds. They seem to have developed independently and as their habitat and feeding habits are similar they look and behave very similar to each other. But scientifically there are no Hummingbirds found in India or Asia for that matter.  I am totally amazed at the way nature works. Two continents separated by thousands of miles of oceans and yet two very similar birds develop there as part of natural selection and evolution. I have seen something similar in the succulents the Euphorbia that are succulents of the Old World –  Africa & Eurasia have developed very similar to many cacti that are succulents in New World the Americas. Both the genera are not related at all but yet when you see many Euphorbia and Cacti living in the similar habitat you notice they look same and have developed same features like thorns in place of leaves, columnar or spherical shape etc.

But let us get back to our beautiful Purple Sunbird 🙂

The female purple sunbird was the first one I took some pictures and then the male followed her in the frame. One interesting thing I noticed was that whenever the male will go to the new flower the female will chase him away, and the poor male will simply go to another one, to be chased again from there. I guess the female of the species is more dangerous in this case also.

The photos are not of great quality as I am still learning the buttons on my camera and do not do any processing in the digital darkroom. But rather than wait for the perfect pictures let me put them here. Also, more pics can be seen by clicking here

sunbird taking nectar from flowers

Female Sunbird enjoying the nectar of flowers

sunbird having nectar from flowers in pbel city

The Male Sunbird with a beautiful bluish color

Purple Sunbird India

The Purple Sunbird – Male


Purple Sunbird Female

Female Purple Sunbird is never at one place for more than a moment

Female Purple sunbird enjoying nectar

The Sunbird enjoying nectar and helping in pollination

A few years later I also clicked Sunbirds in action in Gurgaon. Check that post here >>

Birds In Backyard 

  2 Responses to “Purple Sunbird is not Hummingbird”

Comments (2)
  1. Hi, nice pic, which lens are you using?

Dear fellow traveler welcome to desi Traveler, I am excited to have you here, please share your thoughts and I will be very happy to reply. Please check our Blog Comment Policy. All comments are moderated and urls in comments end in spam automatically. Happy travels.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.