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5 months 3 weeks ago #1857 by birdtrek
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Sunbirds being mentioned in previous thread reminds me of mine years ago, Can't remember the exact species,(may have been purple), but I had the male first and it was one of those species with a drab female. 
I set up a long row of flights with dividers so I could let them mate or separate easily. As with a lot of imported birds in those days identification was difficult and it was concluded that the 'hen' was another species so there was never a breeding attempt.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1858 by James McKay
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Hi Chris, I adored the Sunbirds I had, the feedings and housing is not everyone’s cup of tea, nectar mixture, spiders and fruit flies etc. and they require individual caging ( aggression ). I had nine different  species, also a  spider-hunter, all cock birds, although I had a pair of BH Green Honeycreepers that did produce two youngsters. I only ever seen one hen for sale, a beautiful Splendid hen, I thought about obtaining her but I did not have a cock at the time, so I let it pass. I am hoping to rekindle with a few pair this year, but we will see what happens.  As you said about hens, with some closely related species, it can be difficult to tell the true hen species.  James.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1860 by birdtrek
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I used to make my own nectar, and my trick was bananas near to cage and the fruit flies just did their thing.
Interestingly, when I only had the male, it was in a large mixed flight and never harmed anything. The flight was 50 ft and had an infra red lamp at one end. Even in the coldest part of winter the Sunbird would never perch near the lamp but at the coldest part of flight but first light at dawn would fly to lamp to warm up before feeding.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #1861 by James McKay
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Hi Chris, never had the space for that size of flight. Given adequate space a single cock would be safe enough, but more than one cock and even a pair in relatively smaller flights usually ends up.with a fatality. Like a lot Softbill pairs they must be watched, as a peaceful pair can turn nasty very quickiy, especially at the breeding season,  Best way I use is have the pair in adjoining cages / flights with a wire slide between them, with perching encroaching the slide so the cock can feed the hen, when the hen shows signs she is ready to mate, the side is removed, hopefully mating takes place and then refit the slide, this is repeated, usually until the hen has made a nest, then let her lay and rear the chicks on her own.  Although Sunbirds come from some very warm climates it can turn very cold at night, they are hardier than a lot of people think The main thing is to make sure they are acclimatised to the environment you intend to keep them. James.
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