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Nesting by dark-bibbed female Beautiful Long-tailed Sunbirds Cinnyris pulchellus and occurrence of dark both sexes of Beautiful Long-tailed and Gorgeous Sunbirds C. melanogastrus

Nesting by dark-bibbed female Beautiful Long-tailed Sunbirds Cinnyris pulchellus and occurrence of dark both sexes of Beautiful Long-tailed and Gorgeous Sunbirds C. melanogastrus

Cheke, Robert A. ORCID: 0000-0002-7437-1934, Barlow, Clive R. and Mann, Clive F. (2019) Nesting by dark-bibbed female Beautiful Long-tailed Sunbirds Cinnyris pulchellus and occurrence of dark both sexes of Beautiful Long-tailed and Gorgeous Sunbirds C. melanogastrus. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 139 (4). pp. 328-332. ISSN 0007-1595 (Print), 2513-9894 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.25226/bboc.v139i4.2019.a5)

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Abstract

Observations on nesting Beautiful Long-tailed Sunbirds Cinnyris pulchellus in The Gambia revealed that some females have dark or partially dark bibs, contrary to most accounts in the literature. Furthermore, all fledglings seen in The Gambia also had dark bibs and some males in eclipse plumage or lacking tail-streamers engaged in breeding activity. The conclusion that some adult female C. pulchellus have dark bibs and that some, probably all, juveniles have dark bibs was confirmed from museum specimens. It is further demonstrated, based on specimens, that some adult females and juveniles of Gorgeous Sunbird C. melanogastrus also have dark bibs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors; This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sunbird; Fledgling; Juvenile plumage behaviour
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 11:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26423

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