Friday, January 4, 2013

Beautiful Sunbird from Gambia, Africa

Gambian Wildlife 
(although the card does not say it, this is a Beautiful Sunbird)

postmarked in 1978 with two 'The Gambia' stamps 

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The Beautiful Sunbird, is a sunbird. The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

The Beautiful Sunbird is a common breeder across sub-Saharan tropical Africa. One or two eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree. It is a seasonal migrant within its range.

Beautiful Sunbirds are tiny, only 10 cm long, although the breeding male's long tail adds another 5 cm. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding.



჊Truus said...

Beautiful colours!!

9teen87 said...

I agree, beautiful bird. I wish we had them here in Florida :D

ONeal said...

Colorful little bird. Wondering about that funky colored background though.

9teen87 said...

stuffed bird in a studio??