|Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus
|Photographer :|| © Viral Patel and Pankaj Maheria |
|Location :||GMERS Medical College campus, Dharpur, Patan, Gujarat, India|
4 April 2016|
|Bird Family :||Nectariniini - Sunbirds & Spiderhunters |
|Bird Group :||PASSERIFORMES |
|Red Data Status :||Least Concern|
|Remarks :||On the morning of 4th April 2016 parents stopped to feed nestlings in
to the nest. They perched on nearest branches insisted chicks to come
out with urgent continuous calls and signaling fluttering of wings.
Nestlings appear to be impatient, their movement increases into the
nest and they are peeping curiously to the outside world from the nest
hole but did not come out instantly.
After few hours of exercise, they succeeded to lure out first chick.
It has beautiful lemon yellow underpants and olive-green upperparts
with non-curved bill.
It’s perched on same branch for few minutes. Soon parents feed the
fledgling and started to give flying lessons. They demonstrate short
distance slow flights between two nearby trees. Parents insisted chick
to take flight by signaling it with fluttering wings and even nudged
it to give start-up. Finally fledgling took its first flight
successfully to nearby Neem tree and then again and again its take
trembling short flights behind parents. Parents feed this fledgling as
well as nestlings several times. This brand new fledgling also started
foraging and continuously calls for its parents, which resulted in,
reveal its position on Aankado plant. In our campus, Aankado-
Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower) is one of the most visited shrubs
by Purple sunbirds. By the evening second chick also came out. Parents
stick around and were super busy in feeding and flight lessons. Next
few days we observe same behaviour. Chicks were grown up so fast. Nest
totally vacated by now and we did not know the fate of third chick.
After this, we become so familiar with call of immature sunbirds and
able to locate many other sunbird chicks in campus area. We register
presence of at least eight pairs of sunbirds with their chicks around
different flower bushes at same time in our campus. - VP & PM|