Variable Sunbird, Cinnyris venustus

2009 July 6
by David J. Ringer



Sunbirds are in many ways the ecological counterparts of the New World’s hummingbirds. They are small, active, often brightly colored and iridescent species that usually have long bills and tongues for feeding on nectar and small arthropods. They do not, however, share hummingbirds’ unparalleled mastery of the air, being fairly typical passerines. The lovely yellow, green, and violet Variable Sunbird (Cinnyris venustus) is the most common sunbird in Nairobi and seems to be found almost anywhere there’s a flowering shrub or tree, which is almost everywhere.

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