This little cutie is comes and visits our bedroom window every morning around sunrise and in the evenings too. After much internet research I have discovered he is called a sunbird, or more specifically, a purple-rumped sunbird, which sounds mighty exotic doesn’t it. He also has a mate who is not quite as colourful (see here). These two little birds have been visiting our window ever since I’ve lived there and even since K first moved in, which is about 4 years now I think. They flutter around the glass and tap on it and we have two theories about what they are actually up to. Either there is some moisture forming on the glass at sunrise and sunset, or, since our windows have reflective glass, they are actually checking out their own reflections and trying to figure out how it works. i think the former is probably most likely – they are going after moisture or maybe some little bugs. Both birds are really tiny, they are probably about only 2 inches high, and they have quite large curved beaks. I have learnt that they are nectar eaters so I guess this beak helps them get inside of flowers. I bought two new bougainvillea plants in the weekend, for outside our windows. so when they start flowering it will hopefully make our friends very happy. I wonder if they visit other windows throughout the day. I’m sure they must, we are on the 4th floor of a 17 story building so I don’t imagine that they only come to us, but I do like to pretend they do. We think they live in the big tree down below the building but I have yet to find their nest, which will look something like this.
These photos were taken by creeping round the corner of the open window very very slowly and it’s the first time I have actually succeeded in getting non-blurry shots. Will try to get the female over the next week. I think its pretty cool that they have been together for at least 4 years, probably longer. I wonder how long birds this small live for? I wish I could find their nest and see if they have any babies. I imagine that all the big fat fiesty crows around would make it pretty difficult to keep a baby bird alive for very long. Those crows will eat anything. So these little sweeties must really have a difficult time, being completely outnumbered by crows and pigeons who are agressive and also about 5 times the size. These sunbirds have a merry little chirp that is pretty loud and goes on and on while they are fluttering around.. it makes them seem like they don’t have a care in the world and really are not bothered by the other birds around them. What a grand name and loud voice for such a tiny wee thing..