Avian architect: Purple rumped Sunbird

The nest building is a tedious and painstaking process. After careful reconnoitering, a suitable site for the nest is located. It is usually well camouflaged and inaccessible to predators such as crows. I became aware of the nest only because I was sitting on a parapet wall just a few feet away from this tangle of thorn scrub. A little bird kept flitting at short intervals. On closer observation I saw it bringing a few twigs in its beak. It never directly approached the partially built structure. First the bird would land a little away and look all around for possible intruders or predators. Then it would enter the tangle to add the sticks to the half built home. And what a home! Cosy, with a 'doorstep', and an awning above!

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