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Some of the most colorful birds in the world.


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National Geographic has created an amazing photographic introduction to the Sunbirds and Spiderhunters, a group of fascinating and colorful Old World species.   Sunbirds have been described as the Old World equivalents of New World hummingbirds for their ecological importance to flowering plants, their food preferences, their colorful iridescent plumages, and small size.


Spiderhunters are attractive but little-known birds that are closely related to sunbirds with more restricted ranges in southern Asia.

The stunning photographs can be viewed on the National Geographic web site.

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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