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  • n. Plural form of sunbird.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Now, I am fully persuaded that the nectar of flowers is an intoxicant to birds, and of course this will account, not only in part for the rowdiness of the black bulbuls, but for the pugnacity of those creatures, such as sunbirds, which habitually feed upon this stimulating diet.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • Zinzi December's animal is a sloth, boyfriend Benoît harbours a mongoose; other denizens of Zoo City the run down area of Johannesburg which has become a ghetto for the "animalled" have attracted scorpions, sunbirds, vervet monkeys.

    Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – review

  • So why do we need polar bears and mountain gorillas, spotted owls and sunbirds?

    Todd Palmer and Rob Pringle: The Crisis Nobody's Talking About

  • A free track can also be downloaded from sunbirds.

    Sunbirds (No 810)

  • Just ask the sunbirds which turn up for breakfast.

    South Africa beyond the World Cup: hiking in the wild east

  • In '' 'Zoophily' '', pollination is done by vertebrates such as birds and bats, particularly, hummingbirds, sunbirds, spiderhunters, honeyeaters, and fruit Bats.


  • Birds, particularly hummingbirds, honeyeaters and sunbirds also accomplish much pollination, especially of deep-throated flowers.


  • Forest birds include green ibis Mesembrinibis cayennensis (local Mount Kenya race), Ayre's hawk eagle Hieraaetus dubius, Abyssinian long-eared owl Asio abyssinicus, scaly francolin Francolinus squamatus, Ruppell's robin-chat Cossypha semirufa, and numerous sunbirds (Nectariniidae).

    Mount Kenya National Park and National Forest, Kenya

  • Notable species are the bamboo warbler Bradypterus alfredi and Shelley's crimson-wing Cryptospiza shelleyi (T) the endemic Ruwenzori turaco Musophage johnstoni, and two sunbirds, the regal Cynnyris regius and the larger scarlet-tufted malachite Nectorinia johnstonii dartmouthi.

    Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda

  • Hummingbirds and sunbirds are not particularly closely related, by the way.



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