The Splendid Sunbird (Cinnyris coccinigastrus) is a sunbird. The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.
My photos taken at Legon University do not do this stunning bird justice. Follow the links below for better photos. I think the first one is a female and the 2nd one is a male. The iridescent purple is stunning!
Although their range is very large, many of these countries are not accessible for birding. Ghana is safe and easy to travel in and by mine and other’s people’s experiences Legon University is the easiest place to find them.
This is where you can better appreciate the beauty of this bird! I found one clip on YouTube and more on IBC.