The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) on Siargao island.

Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella)

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This Handsome Sunbird (yes, that’s really its name!) nest was spotted while climbing up a steep slope on the back of our property here on Siargao island early this morning. I found a spot nearby to sit, wait and watch for the sunbirds to return.

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) nest on Siargao island.

The female was the first to return to the nest…

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) on Siargao island.

 

and it wasn’t long before the brighter colored male Handsome Sunbird entered the frame…

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) on Siargao island.

The Handsome Sunbird is a member of the Nectariniidae family that includes all sunbirds and spiderhunters. This particular sunbird is a Philippine endemic and not found elsewhere. The subspecies Aethopyga bella bella is found in Samar, Leyte, Dinagat, Siargao and Mindanao.

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) on Siargao island.

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) on Siargao island.

 


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Very cool…thank you!

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