Thursday, March 28, 2013

Weird Feather Ball!

Few days ago, Dad found this little thing perched on our clothesline in his balcony.



It was tiny... tinier that what it looks like in the photograph. In fact, with the naked eye, it just looked like a black ball of feathers, less than an inch in diameter. You couldn't even make out those colored feathers... blue, yellow and orange. Besides, it was pretty dark at the time, almost 9 at night! I managed to get such a clear picture because my old 5MP camera has a really powerful flash. And then I cropped and re-sized the photograph to have a better look at the little birdie.

I wonder if any of you know what bird this is! And I wonder what it was doing in our balcony that night, all alone. Did it get lost in the dark? If so, then was it able to find its way back home in the morning? Or did it end up as a midnight snack for one of our resident cats in the building? Or one of our pigeons perhaps? Do pigeons attack little birdies and eat them?

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13 comments:

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

I think it's a baby Sunbird.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Really? But Google images for Sunbird don't look anything at all like this pic!?

Shilpa Garg said...

I have seen this bird near our place too... it is a very small bird... but dont know the name!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Oh. What does it look like when it's grown up? Or was this a grown up bird that took refuge in my balcony?

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

You know OB, you could be right. Check this link...

http://ibc.lynxeds.com/files/imagecache/photo_940/pictures/Purple_Sunbird_0.jpg

Seems like it was a baby 'Purple Sunbird' or 'Cinnyris Asiaticus'.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Also this link...
http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/purple-sunbird-cinnyris-asiaticus/tiny-dark-purple-bird-small-tail-curved-bill-diagnostic

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Yip. Sunbird. Or a nocturnal cousin. Pigeonfood? I'm not sure. I think pigeons are too stupid to hunt live prey.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

At this very moment, a pigeon is sitting outside my window, staring at my bed through the glass pane, probably day dreaming about sleeping in my bed! You're right. They are stupid.

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Quick findings from Google:-
1. Pigeons are from the same family as the Dodo.
2. They're mostly vegetarian.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

1. That explains why they seem stupid.
2. "Mostly"?

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

1. "Seem"?
2. Some pigeon varieties are known to eat insects.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

1. Well they do to me, but maybe they aren't really stupid as per birdie standards!?? Maybe I'm just biased against them 'coz they shit all over my balcony.

2. Ohhhh! In that case, I change my vote. I like all creatures who eat any kind of bugs!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

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