Meet The Amethyst Sunbird That Shows Iridescent Tones In Good Light

The Amethyst Sunbird

The Amethyst Sunbird is also known as the Black Sunbird. It is a species of passerine bird that belongs to the family Nectariniidae. They are most commonly found in well-watered habitats and undertake seasonal movements to visit flowering woodlands. Their local population is impacted by the demise of some woodlands, while their range has also expanded along with the spread of wooded gardens.

Black Sunbirds are commonly found in pairs or single. They are scientifically named ‘Chalcomitrs Amethystina’.

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Here is another shocking fact; they concentrate on their favorite flowering trees and may react aggressively to other sunbird species. Male Sunbirds sometimes look all black, but they show iridescent tones of purple and green in good light.

Here are a few pictures and some facts about the Amethyst Sunbird.

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The Amethyst Sunbird

Mainly their food includes emergent termites, spiders, and nectar. 

Look at their long and thin bill.

The Amethyst Sunbird is sexually dimorphic; Males and females have different colors.

Male Sunbirds have black plumage and a green forecrown with iridescent purple throat and shoulder patches. While female Sunbirds have brown plumage with a pale yellow-brown breast and belly. 

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The Amethyst Sunbird

What about their courtship display?

Male Sunbirds jump around a branch near a female, drop one wing and then another, and finally both wings. After that, the wings will be fluttered and displayed. The female lowers her head and assumes a rigid posture in response to the male.

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Female Sunbirds build the nest which is decorated by lichens, or other debris.

They build their nests preferably in exotic eucalyptus and pine trees, and often close to buildings or human activity. Fine grass and stems are used to build nests, which are bound together with cobwebs. They line up their nests with lichens or other debris. 

Their nests are attached to s drooping branches, hidden by foliage and below the canopy. 

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The Amethyst Sunbird

Two speckled eggs are laid by females.

The Amethyst Sunbirds are residents of woodland, mesic savanna, forest edge, and suburban gardens. They occur in small numbers in dry savanna, where they stay close to riparian woods or concentrations of nectar-bearing plants. 

They have a loud twittering sound.

The Amethyst Sunbird

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You can notice a distinct summer influx in the Zambezi Valley and Great Zimbabwe woodlands. The Black Sunbirds are strictly summer visitors (September to April) to the Kalahari sand woodlands, where they appear in high amounts at the flowering time of the Baikiaea trees. 

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