Published in HBW Volume 13 on page 226 (above).
Original HBW caption:
The division of nectariniid parental responsibilities is such that females take sole charge of nest construction. This female Purple Sunbird has collected some fibres, possibly animal hair, which she will use to build the basic structure of her nest. From start to finish, nest preparation may take as few as five days or as many as 15. In addition to fibres, the female Purple Sunbird collects soft grass, leaves and spider webs as core building materials. When applying the finishing touches, the female seeks out bark, caterpillar frass and other such objects to provide decoration. Finally, she lines the nest with seed-down, to provide eggs and nestlings with comfort and insulation.
This is the most up-to-date checklist of bird species and subspecies recorded in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, including Iran and the Arabian Peninsula – the ‘greater’ Western Palearctic. Species are presented in systematic order, and each species entry includes scientific and English names, taxonomic notes, distribution and range/vagrancy occurrences within the region.
CitationHanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005216. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005216.
Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005216. Photo of Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus at Muscat Governorate, Oman. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005216.
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