Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella)

The Handsome Sunbird bird, also known as the Amethyst Sunbird, is a striking creature found in certain parts of Africa. It is a small, colorful bird with vibrant plumage that makes it one of the most attractive species in the world. This sunbird is a delight to birdwatchers with its aerial acrobatics, unique behavior, and beautiful song.

The Handsome Sunbird is typically about 9cm long and weighs around 6g. The male has iridescent head, throat, breast, and back shining with hues of green, blue, purple, and black. Its wings are dark brown with a metallic golden edge, while its tail is long and forked. The female is more modest in appearance with olive-green over most of its body, grayish-brown wings and tail, and a yellowish patch on its belly. Both sexes have a curved beak designed to probe deep flowers for nectar.

The Handsome Sunbird bird is found throughout Africa in savannas, grasslands, and shrublands. It is commonly seen in gardens, parks, and other urban spaces. It is known to be a solitary bird, but it can be found in small groups during the breeding season.

These birds are highly active, always in motion and often engaging in aerial displays. They are exceptional at hovering, darting, and zigzagging through the air as they seek flowers for nectar. Their movements are comparable to those of hummingbirds, with whom they share many traits, including their long thin beaks and feeding habits.

These birds are also notable for their singing. They produce a continuous high-pitched song that is elaborate and melodious. Males are known to sing both to attract females and to defend their breeding territories against other males.

In conclusion, the Handsome Sunbird bird is a beautiful and fascinating creature that is adored by many. With its striking appearance, aerial acrobatics, and beautiful song, it is no surprise why this bird is highly sought after by birdwatchers. It adds an explosion of color and liveliness to wherever it makes its presence felt!

Other names

Aethopyga bella



Handsome Sunbird

suimanga orellut



filipinski medosas


Mooie Honingzuiger


Souimanga oreillard




dailioji smailiauodegė nektarinukė


kwiatownik strojny


Филиппинская острохвостая нектарница

nektárovka pôvabná

Suimanga hermoso

guldstrupig solfågel

Filipin Nektarkuşu

сіпарая жовтогуза