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Sunbird, any of approximately 115 species of songbirds in the sunbird family. Sunbirds are found in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific islands. They range in size from 3.5–6 in (9–15 cm). Their plumage may be yellow or gray. Breeding male birds have brilliantly colored feathers of various combinations of red, blue, purple, green, and yellow. Sunbirds resemble hummingbirds, but the two are not related. Like hummingbirds, sunbirds feed on nectar. But whereas a hummingbird hovers in the air as it extracts a flower's nectar, a sunbird perches on a flower or stalk while feeding.

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