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Nectariniidae – Sunbirds and Spiderhunters

Scarlet-chested Sunbird in Kenya: Photo by Nathan Mixon

Welcome to our Nectariniidae bird family hub! Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about sunbirds and spiderhunters. Explore our ID guides and articles to learn more about these colorful and melodious birds found across the Old World. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or just curious, come discover the beauty of Nectariniidae with us!

Overview of Nectariniidae

Sunbirds help compensate for the absence of hummingbirds in the Old World. Sporting vibrant iridescence and rich colors, these slender songbirds with slender, curved bills occasionally hover near nectar-filled flowers, though lacking the agility and steadiness of hummingbirds. While many species fiercely guard nectar reserves, most are monogamous and territorial during the breeding season.

Spiderhunters are less inclined to defend territories and often follow linear routes between nectar sources in dense Asian foliage. Although they primarily feed on spiders and insects, much like sunbirds, their overall diet differs very little from each other.