van Hasselt’s Sunbird feeding on Saraca flowers

Jeremiah Loei’s video study of the van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptcoma brasiliana), also known as Purple-throated Sunbird, shows a pair feeding on the nectar of the Saraca flowers (Saraca sp.). The female, more interested in preening herself than feeding on the nectar, is conspicuous in her orange throat patch (below). According to nature consultant Subaraj Rajathurai, this patch is only seen during the breeding period.

Check out our earlier posts HERE and HERE.

Jeremiah Loei
November 2013

  1. Gretchen

    Nice study of some very active birds. It’s great to be able to watch so much of their behavior and enjoy their plumage that we often only catch a glimpse of.

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