variable sunbird, yellow-bellied sunbird (Cinnyris venustus)
English: Variable Sunbird from Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Date 5 September 2009, 04:10:52
Author Yathin S Krishnappa https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Yathin_sk
The variable sunbird (or yellow-bellied sunbird), Cinnyris venustus (formerly Nectarinia venusta), is a sunbird. The sunbirds are a group of small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time. Order: Passeriformes, Family: Nectariniidae, Genus: Cinnyris, Species: Cinnyris venustus (Shaw, 1799), Synonyms: Nectarinia venusta (Shaw, 1799), Cinnyris venusta.