Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata).

Purple-throated Sunbirds (Leptocoma sperata)

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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.

Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata).
A male Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) on a gemalina branch by our front porch.

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.

A female Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata).
A female Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) on a guava branch in front of a banana tree in front of a coconut tree.

 

Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata).
A male Purple-throated sunbird taking a rest after gathering nesting materials.

And finally, here’s a snapshot of an immature male (Leptocoma sperata) perching in a mango tree just outside my bedroom window…

Purple-throated sunbird (Leptocoma sperata).
Purple-throated sunbird in a mango tree.

 

 


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