A female collecting fibres for the nest.

A female collecting fibres for the nest.
Species: Purple Sunbird   Cinnyris asiaticus
Subspecies: brevirostris
Author: Hanne and Jens Eriksen
Added to IBC: 10 Aug 2012 - 07:49
Your rating: None
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
All Rights Reserved
Altitude (m): 
9 meters


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.

Related Lynx titles
Birds of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
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.


Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005216. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005216.

Extended version
Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005216. Photo of Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus at Muscat Governorate, Oman. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005216.

Embed this photo

← Click inside, copy the code and then paste it into your web page code. Show me the embed as it will appear

© All Rights Reserved

This media published on the Internet Bird Collection is protected by Copyright.
It cannot be reproduced without the express written permission of the author.