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A flash of yellow, emerald, and red

Look carefully in the bushes and trees when you are out in the parks of Hong Kong and you might see a flash of emerald and red...this is the beautiful Fork-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga christinae.

The fork-tailed sunbird (Aethopyga christinae) is a very small bird, 6-9cm only, that have a frequent “zwinkzwink” call

and a metallic trill. Residents of Hong Kong, they are common and wide spread. They breed between April and June, eventually forming a ball of grass into a nest up in the trees.

To see them, look in the tops of shrubs and trees. The best places i have found include the Pavilions at the top of Kadoorie Farm (especially in February); outside the Mathilda hospital, looking over the sea, on the Peak; and in Lion's park in Sai Kung.

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