Mating display and call of the Crimson Sunbird

“The above video clip shows the mating display and call of a male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja). He was trying to attract a female on a branch below him :

“The sunbird’s back feathers are fluffed out showing yellow down feathers not normally seen. The mating song was a continuous sweet shrill twittering that went on for at least 2 minutes. Too bad about the noise from the nearby construction site drowning out the mating song, know of anyone who can help to separate sounds?

“Check out the previous posts on the mating displays of the Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) LINK and the Purple-throated Sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) LINK.”

Lena Chow
12th January 2013

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