Kingdom: Animalia       Phylum: Chordata       Class: Aves (Birds)       Order: Passeriformes      Family: Nectariniidae
 

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Nectariniidae (Sunbirds, Spiderhunters and Flowerpeckers) are tiny forest birds of the Old World tropics. Males of many species possess glittering iridescent colors. Female Sunbirds are often plain in color and lack the male's iridescence. Birds of Nectariniidae family feed on nectar, fruits, invertebrates and spiders. Sunbirds hover at flowers, but they don't fly backwards (as do hummingbirds). Unlike hummingbirds, Sunbirds are generally monogamous and do not form leks or have other polygamous breeding behaviors. Both sexes tend the young.

There are a total of 117 Nectariniidae species worldwide. Out of these, the following 22 are found in India.

Gould's Sunbird  (Aethopyga gouldiae) - local resident
Fire-tailed Sunbird  (Aethopyga ignicauda) - local resident
Green-tailed Sunbird  (Aethopyga nipalensis) - local resident
Black-throated Sunbird  (Aethopyga saturata) - local resident
Crimson Sunbird  (Aethopyga siparaja) - local resident
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  (Anthreptes singalensis) - local resident
Little Spiderhunter  (Arachnothera longirostra) - local resident
Streaked Spiderhunter  (Arachnothera magna) - local resident
Thick-billed Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum agile) - widespread resident
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum chrysorrheum) - local resident
Plain Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum concolor) - widespread resident
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum cruentatum) - local resident
Pale-billed Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum erythrorhynchos) - widespread resident
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum ignipectus) - local resident
Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum melanoxanthum) - local resident
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker  (Dicaeum trigonostigma) - local resident
Purple Sunbird  (Nectarinia asiatica) - widespread resident
Olive-backed Sunbird  (Nectarinia jugularis) - local resident
Long-billed Sunbird  (Nectarinia lotenia) - widespread resident
Crimson-backed Sunbird  (Nectarinia minima) - widespread resident
Purple-throated Sunbird  (Nectarinia sperata) - local resident
Purple-rumped Sunbird  (Nectarinia zeylonica) - widespread resident


Passeriformes families
Aegithalidae
Alaudidae
Bombycillidae
Certhiidae
Cinclidae
Cisticolidae
Corvidae
Eurylaimidae
Fringillidae
Hirundinidae
Hypocoliidae
Irenidae
Laniidae
Muscicapidae
Nectariniidae
Paridae
Passeridae
Pittidae
Pycnonotidae
Regulidae
Sittidae
Sturnidae
Sylviidae
Zosteropidae

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