A blindingly crimson bird who wears his violet-blue and fu manchu moustache with style – meet temminck’s sunbird

A blindingly red bird with a white belly and a shiny purple and violet-blue mustache!

Temminck’s sun bird (Aethopyga temminckii) is a sun bird species with a red back, upper-wing cover, and breast.

His rump is golden to brownish, with a pronounced purple gloss on the bottom section.

A blindingly crimson bird who wears his violet-blue and fu manchu moustache with style – meet temminck’s sunbird

His top tail coverts are a glossy purple and violet, white, with a blackish-brown tail with scarlet borders.

The flying feathers on the wings are dark brown with yellow-olive margins.

Gray with a reddish hue in the middle, the belly is gray.

The flanks are almost entirely white. His head is red, with lateral crown stripes uniting in a patch on the central nape and purple and violet malaria stripes.

A blindingly crimson bird who wears his violet-blue and fu manchu moustache with style – meet temminck’s sunbird

The bill curves downward, and the eyes are brown with black lores. Legs and feet are dark brown to blackish.

The female has a gray head, top portions, and upper tail-coverts that range from yellowish to olive green.

Red fringes – the wings. From the chin to the breast, the underparts are pale gray washed green. Her ventral and under tail coverts are yellow.

Borneo, Sumatra, Malaysia, and south-west Thailand are home to these birds.

A blindingly crimson bird who wears his violet-blue and fu manchu moustache with style – meet temminck’s sunbird

They may be found at elevations ranging from 1500 to 1900 meters above sea level.

During this stage, an egg-shaped nest is constructed with a small entry hole and a short porch 1/3 of the way down from the top.

A pointed roof supports a structure made of dry grass and plant down hung from a short twig.

Within, three eggs are placed and incubated for 13 – 15 days. The chicks are nourished by both parents once they hatch and become fully fledged after 14 to 19 days.

These birds prefer to drink nectar from flowers, especially red ones, although they will also eat tiny arthropods.

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