October 7, 2015 – Crimson Sunbird or Yellow-backed Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

These small sunbirds are found in most of Southeast Asia and parts of South Asia. They eat mostly nectar, along with some insects and spiders, especially in the breeding season. Seeking out nectar that is particularly high in sugar, they serve as important pollinators for some plants, especially species with tube-shaped flowers. Pairs build nests together, suspending the purse-shaped structures from a branch or fern frond. Females line the nests and do most of the incubation and males help feed the chicks.

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