Olive-backed sunbird courtship dance

I’ve written a post about the Olive-backed sunbird in my garden- when it was leaf-bathing and preening itself. These days- the sunbirds have been coming to our house quite often, and we awake to their loud calls every morning. Today, I spent my day sitting near the garden and I saw the male sunbird display a beautiful courtship dance. Throughout the day- the male was displaying this dance as the female sat just close by, watching.

The male fluffed its wings out often.

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At the same time- it extended its pectoral tufts- orange pieces of fine feather that the male develops during breeding season. It was quite interesting to watch as the two kept returning to the same bougainvillea plant every few minutes.

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The male watching me.

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The female watching:

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Here are some close-ups of the pectoral tuffs:

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The female flew away soon after, but the male still remained- and started preening itself. It was probably tired-as it allowed me to get so close to it.

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I referred to this website to learn about the sunbirds courtship behaviour.

I hope a female builds a nest in our home- it would be so exciting to see the chicks and watch them grow!

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Lavanya Prakash

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