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Coat of Many Colours

Scarlet Chested Sunbird
The Scarlet-chested Sunbird

The aptly named Scarlet-Chested Sunbird, Chalcomitra senegalensis, is a strikingly colored Sunbird belonging to the bird family Nectariniidae. They feed mainly on arthropods and nectar, and can often be seen hovering around flowering plants or hawking prey aerially or plucking insects from the ground.

Scarlet-chested Sunbird sucking nectar from an aloe plant
The Scarlet-chested Sunbird feeding from the flower of an Aloe plant

The fellow in the shot is a regular of an Aloe Vera plant in my house. On one of such visits, my camera was ready


The bright colors on this bird adds to the beauty of nature and the validity of it’s intelligent design.



The Blue-throated Brown Sunbird (Nectarinia cyanolaema)
The Blue-throated Brown Sunbird (Nectarinia cyanolaema)

Sunbirds are common sight around the flowering plants in my house, nectaring flowering plants. On many such occasions, I manage to freeze the moment like I tried to do with this Blue-throated Brown Sunbird. Like the generic name suggests and the bill expresses, they’re in the nectar line of business. They may diversify occasionally, but nectar is the main course on the menu.

The Blue-throated Brown Sunbird
The Blue-throated Brown Sunbird