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Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus   - Nest with young
Purple Sunbird
Photographer : © Viral Patel and Pankaj Maheria
Location :GMERS Medical College campus, Dharpur, Patan, Gujarat, India
Date : 28 March 2016
English synonyms:
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :It was a cool morning of 23rd March 2016. We were on our apartment terrace for photograph beautiful full moon, which was still visible on early morning. While coming back we register noisy movements of Purple Sunbird pair in our backyard. We were pleasantly surprised to locate their small nest on small baboon tree. From our living room window, we can observe their behaviour without getting them disturbs (photography with a long lens, with no flash, at least 12 meters from the nest). There was plenty to see and observe from the house itself, and we made the most of it…… Although Purple Sunbird is strictly a common backyard bird but still a chance to observe its nesting behaviour is a wonderful experience for us. Here we like to share some observation. Nest already built up when we register their presence. The nest is an oval structure. It is built of a collection of various materials like hair, fine grass, twigs, dead leaves, chips of bark and fragments of decayed wood, seed cases, scraps of rag or paper and especially lots of caterpillar droppings all nearly plastered together with cobwebs and silky fibers. The whole structure is suspended from a twig by a short rope of these materials with generous use of spiderweb, and a pendant irregular tassel of the same hangs from the bottom of the nest. The interior of the nest is look like neatly and softly lined with seed-down. This is a completed nest with nesting chamber and oval entrance hole on one side, height of nest is hardly 4-5 feet from ground. Hatching: Its look like Incubation has begun. Surprisingly we only saw the female emerge from the nest. Maybe our observations were brief to see if the male also was involved in incubation but mostly it’s seen nearby guarding the nest. On one occasion, it aggressively chased another Purple Sunbird away from the nest.- VP & PM