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Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus   - Nest sanitation
Purple Sunbird
Photographer : © Viral Patel and Pankaj Maheria
Location :GMERS Medical College campus, Dharpur, Patan, Gujarat, India
Date : 28 April 2016
English synonyms:
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Sunbirds best active in morning and evening time. Feeding activity is comparatively become slower at noon. Female appears to be resting near nest at noon. Once a White-eared Bulbul foraging curiously near to the Purple Sunbird nest resulted in female left without feeding the chicks and return after sometime with same catch. So sunbirds are careful about not to reveal nesting site. They also regularly collect fecal sack from cheeks, almost thrice in an hour and drop it 30 m or more away from nest. The nestling usually produces a fecal sac within seconds of being fed; if not, waiting parents encourage chicks to expel fecal sack by nudge around vent and literally pull out fecal sack. Fecal sack is generally white in colour with a dark end. Removal of fecal material helps to improve nest sanitation. It also helps to reduce the chance that predators will see it or smell it and thereby find the nest. you can see video in " https://youtu.be/Qy2B7vV8l3s " - VP & PM