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Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus   - Fledgling
Purple Sunbird
Photographer : © Viral Patel and Pankaj Maheria
Location :GMERS Medical College campus, Dharpur, Patan, Gujarat, India
Date : 4 April 2016
English synonyms:
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
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