Purple-throated Sunbirds (Leptocoma sperata)
Okay, it’s hard to see the purple throat of this Purple-throated sunbird unless you observe this bird in just the right direct sunlight, but sometimes you can.
The Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) is another year-round resident in the Philippines. Here on Siargao it’s not seen quite as often as the ubiquitous Olive-backed sunbird but it’s not uncommon either.
All the sunbirds on Siargao are grouped together and called “siwit” and this bird in particular is known as a “tiko”.
The male Purple-throated sunbird really stands out with it’s scarlet breast however the female is a dull olive green and often hard to distinguish from other female sunbirds.
And finally, here’s a snapshot of an immature male (Leptocoma sperata) perching in a mango tree just outside my bedroom window…