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Sunbird

Sunbird
life expectancy:7 years
distribution:Africa, Asia
family:Nectariniidae
dimensions:10 to 15 cm
compatibility: agressivesinging ability: not very melodiousloudiness: quiet
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History [ edit ]

Sunbirds are softbill birds that feed mainly of nectar that they extract from flowers. These are high maintenance birds not advisable for inexperienced breeders. Sunbirds are the Old Wold counterparts of hummingbirds, however they lack the ability to hover while feeding and need to be perching to suck the nectar of the flowers. Their natural habitat is forests and brushes of Africa, Asia, and South Pacific. They aren´t migrant birds but they change their feeding area within a small territory from time to time.
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Housing [ edit ]

These birds are relatively hardy; nevertheless, they need heating in winter time. Generally speaking, all softbill birds need heating, specially the smaller ones, like sunbirds, because their small bodies offer less resistance to the low temperatures. It is advisable to keep them in a indoor avia