We have seen these amazing birds in Israel more than once

and at first we even thought that they were hummingbirds. Then, after digging around on the Internet, we found out that this is a Palestinian nectary. A new bird in our piggy bank!

At first, our acquaintance with this bird looked like this and not closer:

We have seen these amazing birds in Israel more than once, and at first we even thought that they were hummingbirds. Then, after digging around on the Internet, we found out that this is a Palestinian nectary. A new bird in our piggy bank!

At first, our acquaintance with this bird looked like this and not closer:
By the way, this is a male. The females have an unremarkable coloration. Now he is busy with dinner: he regales himself on the nectar of the magnificent pink Chorisia.

The nectaries are very small; their length is about 10 cm and they weigh 8 grams. These birds belong to the order of passerines. But unlike sparrows, these are very shy birds; they won’t let you get close to them and take a picture of them. Palestinian sunbirds live in the Middle East and Central Africa. In Israel, we met them in virtually all parts of the country.

I found a very interesting post about these birds: “In Hebrew, the bird is called צופית“ zufit ”, from the word“ tsuf ”- nectar, or יוֹנֵק הַדבַש“ yonek ha-dvash ”- honey-eater, in English“ sunbird ”- a sunny bird ”(Nectar, sunny bird). All these names are very suitable for the Palestinian nectary. This is, indeed, a sunny bird (at least a male) with stunningly beautiful plumage, iridescent with a beautiful color cascade under the sun’s rays.
The Palestinian sunbird has a long beak that allows the bird to reach the nectar, similar to a hummingbird’s beak. It’s a little visible in the photos.

These birds are virtuosos in flight: they can even drink nectar upside down and this does not bother them at all!

We see them all the time in pairs. They communicate very lively with each other. If you hear the chirping of one of them, immediately look for another – they are constantly discussing something, even if they are far from each other

So far, we have not been able to take a closer picture of this amazing bird, so that you can have a good look at them, we found a photo for you on the Internet. Check out how handsome!
This photo is of a female. Compare how much her plumage differs from the male.
We recently went out with a video camera to shoot a beautiful blooming pink chorizia. And suddenly, during the shooting, a cheerful couple of birds flew to the tree to feast on the nectar of flowers. It was amazing that they didn’t pay attention to us at all. Of course, we tried not to make sudden movements, but from time to time we still had to drive away annoying, arrogant flies Sunflowers are so nimble that by the time you just think about the camera, they have already changed five places. Therefore, our shooting turned out to be just as fussy.

We are very proud that we were able to capture the Palestinian sunbirds on video. They were so busy talking to each other and eating nectar that they didn’t pay attention to the video camera. Of course, we had to shoot at a very close approximation and with our hands, but this did not upset us in the slightest.
It was a revelation for me to know that “The Palestinian sunbird was nominated in 2008 for the title of the national bird of Israel, but lost out to the hoopoe” (Wikipedia). It’s a pity!

P.S. Another attempt at shooting these amazing birds. This time the female was probably away. We saw only a handsome male.

By the way, this is a male. The females have an unremarkable coloration. Now he is busy with dinner: he regales himself on the nectar of the magnificent pink Chorisia.

The nectaries are very small; their length is about 10 cm and they weigh 8 grams.

These birds belong to the order of passerines. But unlike sparrows, these are very shy birds; they won’t let you get close to them and take a picture of them. Palestinian sunbirds live in the Middle East and Central Africa. In Israel, we met them in virtually all parts of the country.

I found a very interesting post about these birds: “In Hebrew, the bird is called צופית“ zufit ”, from the word“ tsuf ”- nectar, or יוֹנֵק הַדבַש“ yonek ha-dvash ”- honey-eater, in English“ sunbird ”- a sunny bird ”(Nectar, sunny bird). All these names are very suitable for the Palestinian nectary. This is, indeed, a sunny bird (at least a male) with stunningly beautiful plumage, iridescent with a beautiful color cascade under the sun’s rays.
The Palestinian sunbird has a long beak that allows the bird to reach the nectar, similar to a hummingbird’s beak. It’s a little visible in the photos.

These birds are virtuosos in flight: they can even drink nectar upside down and this does not bother them at all!

We see them all the time in pairs. They communicate very lively with each other. If you hear the chirping of one of them, immediately look for another – they are constantly discussing something, even if they are far from each other

So far, we have not been able to take a closer picture of this amazing bird, so that you can have a good look at them, we found a photo for you on the Internet. Check out how handsome!

This photo is of a female.

Compare how much her plumage differs from the male.We recently went out with a video camera to shoot a beautiful blooming pink chorizia. And suddenly, during the shooting, a cheerful couple of birds flew to the tree to feast on the nectar of flowers. It was amazing that they didn’t pay attention to us at all. Of course, we tried not to make sudden movements, but from time to time we still had to drive away annoying, arrogant flies Sunflowers are so nimble that by the time you just think about the camera, they have already changed five places. Therefore, our shooting turned out to be just as fussy.

We are very proud that we were able to capture the Palestinian sunbirds on video. They were so busy talking to each other and eating nectar that they didn’t pay attention to the video camera. Of course, we had to shoot at a very close approximation and with our hands, but this did not upset us in the slightest.
It was a revelation for me to know that “The Palestinian sunbird was nominated in 2008 for the title of the national bird of Israel, but lost out to the hoopoe” (Wikipedia). It’s a pity!

P.S. Another attempt at shooting these amazing birds. This time the female was probably away. We saw only a handsome male.